[ev-uh-nes, ev-uh-nes]

verb (used without object), ev·a·nesced, ev·a·nesc·ing.

to disappear gradually; vanish; fade away.


Origin of evanesce

1815–25; < Latin ēvānēscere to vanish
Related formsev·a·nes·cence, nounev·a·nes·ci·ble, adjective
Can be confusedevanesce evaporate liquefy melt thaw transpire vaporizeevanescence evaporation liquefaction melting thawing transpiration vaporization
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Examples from the Web for evanesced

Historical Examples of evanesced

  • The 'culture,' to which she laid claim, evanesced in this atmosphere of exhalations.

  • Alas, that from the modern world should have evanesced all appreciation of art that is not obviously useful, palpably didactic!

  • Very soon they both got bored again, when the excitement of the plotting had evanesced.

    The Hypocrite

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • Each time he caught a ball, something left Perry, some pain long held in his chest, evanesced into the night air.


    Cory Doctorow

  • Richard Kenton evanesced into the interior so obviously that Bittridge could not offer to come in.

    The Kentons

    William Dean Howells

British Dictionary definitions for evanesced



(intr) (of smoke, mist, etc) to fade gradually from sight; vanish

Word Origin for evanesce

C19: from Latin ēvānēscere to disappear; see vanish
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Word Origin and History for evanesced



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

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