evanescent


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ev·a·nes·cent

 (ĕv′ə-nĕs′ənt)
adj.
Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

ev′a·nes′cent·ly adv.

evanescent

(ˌɛvəˈnɛsənt)
adj
1. passing out of sight; fading away; vanishing
2. ephemeral or transitory
ˌevaˈnescence n
ˌevaˈnescently adv

ev•a•nes•cent

(ˌɛv əˈnɛs ənt)

adj.
vanishing; fading away.
[1745–55; < Latin ēvānēscent-, s. of ēvānēscēns]
ev`a•nes′cent•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.evanescent - tending to vanish like vapor; "evanescent beauty"
impermanent, temporary - not permanent; not lasting; "politics is an impermanent factor of life"- James Thurber; "impermanent palm cottages"; "a temperary arrangement"; "temporary housing"

evanescent

adjective (Formal) ephemeral, passing, brief, fading, fleeting, vanishing, short-lived, fugitive, transient, momentary, transitory, impermanent, fugacious the evanescent effects of light and weather on the landscape

evanescent

adjective
Translations

evanescent

[ˌiːvəˈnesnt] ADJ (liter) → evanescente, fugaz, efímero

evanescent

adj (Liter) → vergänglich

ev·a·nes·cent

a. evanescente, que se desvanece, efímero-a.
References in classic literature ?
It had been intended, there could be no doubt, as an ornamental article of dress; but how it was to be worn, or what rank, honour, and dignity, in by-past times, were signified by it, was a riddle which (so evanescent are the fashions of the world in these particulars) I saw little hope of solving.
In times of strong emotion mankind disdain all base considerations; but such times are evanescent.
He had thought he loved her to distraction; he had regarded his passion as adoration; and behold it was only a poor little evanescent partiality.
What, then, would it avail the reader to know their names, or the evanescent symbols of their martial rank!
Agatha's eyes dilated; evanescent flushes played upon her cheeks and neck; she stamped with her heel.
It looks, and is, as evanescent as a dream; and yet, in its rustic network of boughs, it has somehow enclosed a hint of spiritual beauty, and has become a true emblem of the subtile and ethereal mind that planned it.
The fur trade itself, which has given life to all this portraiture, is essentially evanescent.
Walking to the taffrail, I was in time to make out, on the very edge of a darkness thrown by a towering black mass like the very gateway of Erebus--yes, I was in time to catch an evanescent glimpse of my white hat left be- hind to mark the spot where the secret sharer of my cabin and of my thoughts, as though he were my second self, had lowered himself into the water to take his punishment: a free man, a proud swimmer striking out for a new destiny.
My feelings are not quite so evanescent, nor my memory of the past under such easy dominion as one finds to be the case with men of the world.
A fervor glowed in her whole aspect and beamed upon Giovanni's consciousness like the light of truth itself; but while she spoke there was a fragrance in the atmosphere around her, rich and delightful, though evanescent, yet which the young man, from an indefinable reluctance, scarcely dared to draw into his lungs.
Upon the whole she felt gratified, even though such a limited and evanescent triumph should involve her daughter's reputation; it might end in marriage yet, and in the warmth of her responsiveness to their admiration she invited her visitors to stay to tea.
They are all in ruins, now--which is gratifying to the pilgrims, for, as usual, they fit the eternal words of gods to the evanescent things of this earth; Christ, it is more probable, referred to the people, not their shabby villages of wigwams: he said it would be sad for them at "the day of judgment"--and what business have mud-hovels at the Day of Judgment?