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[tran-shuh ns, -zhuh ns, -zee-uh ns] /ˈtræn ʃəns, -ʒəns, -zi əns/
transient state or quality.
Sometimes, transiency.
Origin of transience
First recorded in 1735-45; transi(ent) + -ence
Related forms
nontransience, noun
nontransiency, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Is it, perhaps, a taunt from some one who wishes to remind me of the transience of my office?

    Mystery at Geneva Rose Macaulay
  • The element of mortality in the form is included in the transience of imagery.

    Heart of Man George Edward Woodberry
  • On the other hand the mere fact of memory is an escape from transience.

    The Concept of Nature Alfred North Whitehead
  • Permanence, transience—Sir Ferdinando and his privies were gone, Crome still stood.

    Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley
  • He put his pain with the transience of her youth and condescended to her so that he need not take note of himself.

    Narcissus Evelyn Scott
  • This was now the reality; this great stone cathedral slumbering there in its mass, which knew no transience nor heard any denial.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • At last he had found permanence in a life where heretofore had been naught but transience.

Word Origin and History for transience

1745; see transient + -ence.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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