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[ev-uh-nes, ev-uh-nes] /ˌɛv əˈnɛs, ˈɛv əˌnɛs/
verb (used without object), evanesced, evanescing.
to disappear gradually; vanish; fade away.
Origin of evanesce
1815-25; < Latin ēvānēscere to vanish
Related forms
evanescence, noun
evanescible, adjective
Can be confused Unabridged
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  • Meditate upon it, and on the insignificance and evanescence of human life.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • The other figure of smoke is a stereotype in all tongues for evanescence.

  • evanescence tends also to undermine our personal affections.

    The Joys of Being a Woman Winifred Kirkland
  • Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things.

    The Book of Tea Kakuzo Okakura
  • The ghost was gone again, and its evanescence was discussed with ready wonder.

    Fennel and Rue William Dean Howells
  • This song, of course, was a disquisition on the evanescence of all things here below.

    Mad Shepherds L. P. Jacks
  • Much has been written of the evanescence of Reynolds's colors.

    Sir Joshua Reynolds Estelle M. Hurll
  • The only poetic evanescence is the evanescence that is inevitable.

    The Amateur Garden George W. Cable
  • Whoso enters into transfiguration, leaves behind him evanescence.

    The Man Who Laughs

    Victor Hugo
British Dictionary definitions for evanescence


(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 evanescence

1751; see evanescent + -ence. Evanescency is attested from 1660s.



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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