impermanence

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French impermanence, equivalent to im- +‎ permanence.

Noun[edit]

impermanence (usually uncountable, plural impermanences)

  1. Lack of permanence or continued duration.
  2. The quality or state of being impermanent.
    Synonyms: ephemerality, temporariness; see also Thesaurus:transience
    • 1971, “Changes”, in Hunky Dory, performed by David Bowie:
      I watch the ripples change their size / But never leave the stream of warm impermanence and / So the days float through my eyes / But still the days seem the same
  3. (Buddhism) anicca, the doctrine which asserts that all of conditioned existence is transient.

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Further reading[edit]

  • impermanence in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

in- +‎ permanence

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɛ̃.pɛʁ.ma.nɑ̃s/

Noun[edit]

impermanence f (plural impermanences)

  1. impermanence (state of being impermanent)

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