transience

noun
tran·​sience | \ ˈtran(t)-sh(ē-)ən(t)s How to pronounce transience (audio) ; ˈtran-zē-ən(t)s, ˈtran(t)-sē-; ˈtran-zhən(t)s, -jən(t)s \

Definition of transience

: the quality or state of being transient

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Examples of transience in a Sentence

wary of the transience of popular enthusiasms, the writers of the U.S. Constitution made changing the document a long and difficult process
Recent Examples on the Web These lavish buffets explicitly invoke vanity in the Old World form of vanitas, the 17th-century genre of Dutch still lifes that sought to illustrate, through an arrangement of objects, the transience of human existence. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "When Did Gluttony Become So Glamorous?," 21 Feb. 2020 Garon has choreographed a dance between transience and permanence. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Disrupting and denaturing the concept of comfortable at home," 13 Mar. 2020 To such people, the Crow Sun Dance, or the ordeal of the vision quest, or Buddhist principles of nonattachment and transience might be more than metaphor. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Survivor’s Guilt in the Mountains," 24 Feb. 2020 Council Member Rebecca Noecker praised the focus on families with young children in schools with high levels of renters and transience. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "St. Paul City Council approves array of affordable housing initiatives," 13 Nov. 2019 There’s a transience to the town today that sits uneasily alongside its ancient castle-crown and its timeless white cliffs. Samuel Earle, The New Republic, "The White Cliffs of Brexit," 22 Oct. 2019 Alberto got as close to becoming a cult figure as one can on a team like the Orioles, and his offseason transience made his rise to an everyday role for Hyde a rare but constant source of joy around the team this year. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles reset: Not much was memorable in 2019, but, somehow, Stevie Wilkerson was prominent in what was," 30 Sep. 2019 The former Disney actor's troubling end in southern Oregon touches on the transience of fame, the vulnerabilities of growing old in poverty and the contraction of community as connections fade away. oregonlive.com, "Mouseketeer death: Handyman stashed Dennis Day’s body under pile of clothes, court records say," 23 July 2019 The stations on these pages sought to deny all this transience. Edward Carr, 1843, "We apologise for the decay," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of transience

1739, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of transience was in 1739

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26 May 2020

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“Transience.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transience. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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