- vanishing; fading away; fleeting.
- tending to become imperceptible; scarcely perceptible.
Origin of evanescent
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Examples from the Web for evanescent
And always in the background, evanescent but, in the end, accountable, is Rupert Murdoch—courted, feared and sometimes loathed.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine
August 25, 2014
But that support was evanescent; it's already back below 50%, and probably still falling.Memo: The Aaron Sorkin Model of Political Discourse Doesn't Actually Work
April 23, 2013
They are imagined as disembodied spirits, and are often visualized as vague or evanescent forms; hence, the white sheet routine.What's the Difference Between Ghouls, Goblins, and Ghosts?
November 1, 2010
When he does, for short walks on moonless nights or for the occasional meal, these evanescent periods of freedom are thrilling.Lost Masterpieces
August 18, 2010
But success in a mission of this size may only bring limited and evanescent political benefits.Obama's Pirate Coup
April 13, 2009
Its nature is like opaline doves'-neck lustres, hovering and evanescent.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
You seek sympathy, and all you get is the most evanescent sense of relief—if you get that much.Chance
But a dewdrop is evanescent, and there was nothing evanescent about Freya.'Twixt Land & Sea
What a pity that they are as evanescent as the bloom of these flowers and the fragrance they exhale!Ernest Linwood
Caroline Lee Hentz
That life, when it is real, is not evanescent; is not slight; does not vanish away.Proserpina, Volume 1
- passing out of sight; fading away; vanishing
- ephemeral or transitory
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Word Origin and History for evanescent
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of short duration; passing away quickly.
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