evanescence

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin ēvānēscēns, present participle of ēvānēscō (I vanish, I fade away, I lapse).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌɛv.əˈnɛs.n̩s/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌiː.vəˈnes.n̩s/

Noun[edit]

evanescence (countable and uncountable, plural evanescences)

  1. The act or state of vanishing away; disappearance.
    • 1 September, 1759, Samuel Johnson, The Idler
      We suffer equal pain from the pertinacious adhesion of unwelcome images, as from the evanescence of those which are pleasing and useful;
  2. The event of fading and gradually vanishing from sight.
    the evanescence of the morning mist.

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