- lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory: the ephemeral joys of childhood.
- lasting but one day: an ephemeral flower.
- anything short-lived, as certain insects.
Origin of ephemeral
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1. fleeting, evanescent, transient, momentary, brief.
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Examples from the Web for ephemeral
Following an all too predictable cycle of the hyperactive 21st century, focus on the explosion was ephemeral.Deepwater Horizon: Life Drowning in Oil
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Whatever his approval ratings, the Russian leader knows how ephemeral they can be.Putin’s Patriotism is Phony, His Desperation is Real
April 4, 2014
Most news articles were just as ephemeral, but it has become harder to pretend.Richard Ben Cramer Dies at 62
January 8, 2013
It may all be ephemeral, because most of politics is ephemeral, a cynical means to the end of getting elected.Buzz Bissinger: Why I’m Voting for Mitt Romney
October 8, 2012
But as stimulus goes, the I-stimulus strikes me as a pretty narcissistic and ephemeral one.The Annoying iPhone 5 Frenzy: Don’t Believe the Economic Stimulus Hype
September 24, 2012
And what are the haughtiest of us, but the ephemeral aristocrats of a summer's day?The Toll Gatherer's Day (From "Twice Told Tales")
Life is precarious as the fall of a die at best an ephemeral business.The Tavern Knight
Must not the fame that is instantaneous prove hollow and ephemeral?
Some readers may smile at the notion of taking seriously these ephemeral productions.The Legacy of Greece
And so of children's play-books as well as their work-books; these are as ephemeral as their other toys.The Book-Hunter
John Hill Burton
- lasting for only a short time; transitory; short-livedephemeral pleasure
- a short-lived organism, such as the mayfly
- a plant that completes its life cycle in less than one year, usually less than six months
C16: from Greek ephēmeros lasting only a day, from hēmera day
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Word Origin and History for ephemeral
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