ephemeralness


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

e·phem·er·al

 (ĭ-fĕm′ər-əl)
adj.
1. Lasting for a markedly brief time: "There remain some truths too ephemeral to be captured in the cold pages of a court transcript" (Irving R. Kaufman).
2. Having a short lifespan or a short annual period of aboveground growth. Used especially of plants.
n.
Something, especially a plant, that is ephemeral.

[From Greek ephēmeros : ep-, epi-, epi- + hēmerā, day.]

e·phem′er·al′i·ty, e·phem′er·al·ness n.
e·phem′er·al·ly adv.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ephemeralness - the property of lasting for a very short time
transience, transiency, transitoriness - an impermanence that suggests the inevitability of ending or dying
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
The tomb of the tragic victims, still visible in the hallowed grounds of South Arthurlie Church, is poignantly inscribed with the epitaph: 'Truly, as the Lord liveth, there is but a step between me and death.' The grey gravestone, in the land of the giants and cosmic catastrophe, is a rocky reminder that the ephemeralness of human life is but a drop in the ocean of eternity.
A realization of the ephemeralness of power, and of life itself.
In this connection, Warner also emphasized that this text, for all its saturation with a sense of indeterminacy, also produces in the reader a sense of wholeness (what we referred to as the effect of resonance) as well as a sense of human life's ephemeralness and paradoxical magnificence: