[tran-shuh ns, -zhuh ns, -zee-uh ns]


transient state or quality.

Sometimes tran·sien·cy.

Origin of transience

First recorded in 1735–45; transi(ent) + -ence
Related formsnon·tran·sience, nounnon·tran·sien·cy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of transience

Historical Examples of transience

  • 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.


    Evelyn Scott

Word Origin and History for transience

1745; see transient + -ence.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper