- not permanent or enduring; transitory.
Origin of impermanent
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fleeting, temporary, ephemeral, evanescent.
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Examples from the Web for impermanence
What better metaphor to describe the estrangement within marriage and the impermanence of love?Jeffrey Eugenides Hails Donald Antrim’s 'Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World'
June 2, 2012
Their final moments together are an exploration of the impermanence of life.Mad Men's 12 Most Memorable Moments
October 18, 2010
That feeling—knocked out by the impermanence of love—is echoed in the stories in Day Out of Days.Sam Shepard Rides Again
January 30, 2010
These added to Ray's feeling of restlessness and impermanence.Gigolo
Addy no longer railed at the impermanence and mutability of things.The Creators
Even then what an intuitive dread had been upon him of the impermanence of things.The Shadow of Life
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Their hands are too short to seize anything tainted with impermanence.Letters from a Sf Teacher
Shaikh Sharfuddn Maner
The obsession of impermanence has often been sublimated into great mystic poetry.The Poet Li Po
- not permanent; fleeting; transitory
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Word Origin and History for impermanence
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