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[ev-uh-nes-uh nt] /ˌɛv əˈnɛs ənt/
vanishing; fading away; fleeting.
tending to become imperceptible; scarcely perceptible.
Origin of evanescent
1745-55; < Latin ēvānēscent- (stem of ēvānēscēns) vanishing, disappearing. See evanesce, -ent
Related forms
evanescently, adverb
nonevanescent, adjective
nonevanescently, adverb
unevanescent, adjective
unevanescently, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for evanescent
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  • 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 Joseph Conrad
  • But a dewdrop is evanescent, and there was nothing evanescent about Freya.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • 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 John Ruskin
British Dictionary definitions for evanescent


passing out of sight; fading away; vanishing
ephemeral or transitory
Derived Forms
evanescence, noun
evanescently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for evanescent

1717, from French évanescent, from Latin evanescentem (nominative evanescens), present participle of evanescere "disappear, vanish," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vanescere "vanish" (see vanish).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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evanescent in Medicine

evanescent ev·a·nes·cent (ěv'ə-něs'ənt)
Of short duration; passing away quickly.

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