[ ev-uh-nes, ev-uh-nes ]
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verb (used without object),ev·a·nesced, ev·a·nesc·ing.
  1. to disappear gradually; vanish; fade away.

Origin of evanesce

First recorded in 1815–25; from Latin ēvānēscere “to disappear, vanish”; see origin at vanish

Other words from evanesce

  • ev·a·nes·ci·ble, adjective

Words that may be confused with evanesce

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How to use evanesce in a sentence

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

    The Kentons | William Dean Howells
  • The 'culture,' to which she laid claim, evanesced in this atmosphere of exhalations.

    In the Year of Jubilee | George Gissing
  • Each time he caught a ball, something left Perry, some pain long held in his chest, evanesced into the night air.

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

    The Hypocrite | Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • Alas, that from the modern world should have evanesced all appreciation of art that is not obviously useful, palpably didactic!

British Dictionary definitions for evanesce


/ (ˌɛvəˈnɛs) /

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

Origin of evanesce

C19: from Latin ēvānēscere to disappear; see vanish

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