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evanesce

[ev-uh-nes, ev-uh-nes] /ˌɛv əˈnɛs, ˈɛv əˌnɛs/
verb (used without object), evanesced, evanescing.
1.
to disappear gradually; vanish; fade away.
Origin of evanesce
1815-1825
1815-25; < Latin ēvānēscere to vanish
Related forms
evanescence, noun
evanescible, adjective
Can be confused
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Examples from the Web for evanesced
Historical Examples
  • The 'culture,' to which she laid claim, evanesced in this atmosphere of exhalations.

    In the Year of Jubilee George Gissing
  • Alas, that from the modern world should have evanesced all appreciation of art that is not obviously useful, palpably didactic!

  • Very soon they both got bored again, when the excitement of the plotting had evanesced.

    The Hypocrite Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • Each time he caught a ball, something left Perry, some pain long held in his chest, evanesced into the night air.

    Makers

    Cory Doctorow
  • Richard Kenton evanesced into the interior so obviously that Bittridge could not offer to come in.

    The Kentons William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for evanesced

evanesce

/ˌɛvəˈnɛs/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (of smoke, mist, etc) to fade gradually from sight; vanish
Word Origin
C19: from Latin ēvānēscere to disappear; see vanish
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Word Origin and History for evanesced

evanesce

v.

1822, a back-formation from evanescence, or else from Latin evanescere "to pass away, vanish" (see evanescent).

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