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From Middle French impermanence, equivalent to im- + permanence.
impermanence (usually uncountable, plural impermanences)
- Lack of permanence or continued duration.
- 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
- (Buddhism) Anicca, the doctrine which asserts that all of conditioned existence is transient.
lack of permanence
quality or state of being impermanent
- “impermanence”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
From in- + permanence.
impermanence f (plural impermanences)
- impermanence (state of being impermanent)
- “impermanence”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
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