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[tran-shuh ns, -zhuh ns, -zee-uh ns]
  1. transient state or quality.
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Sometimes tran·sien·cy.

Origin of transience

First recorded in 1735–45; transi(ent) + -ence
Related formsnon·tran·sience, nounnon·tran·sien·cy, noun
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Examples from the Web for transiency

Historical Examples of transiency

  • Transiency Has set its mark on life, and there is none Who can escape its curse.

    The Buddha

    Paul Carus

  • Why all this change and transiency, if the same things were to be repeated?

  • "A breath" is the very emblem of transiency and of unsubstantiality.

  • But besides this transiency external to us, John finds a corresponding transiency within us.

  • Transiency is usual in homesteading country, many people only remaining long enough to homestead their land.

Word Origin and History for transiency



1745; see transient + -ence.

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