V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: lasting for only a little while

Synonyms: short-lived, temporary, momentary, transient, fleeting

Antonyms: long-lived, long-lasting

Tips: Ephemeral can also sometimes be a noun, used to refer to something that is short-lived. Some flowers and insects are ephemeral, that is, "living for only a day." Certain arts and projects can be ephemeral, "short-lived, occasion specific, and transitory in nature." Ephemeral is related to evanescent, "fleeting and transitory." See detailed analysis at transitory.

Usage Examples:

He tried to catch an ephemeral snowflake on his tongue, to no avail. (fleeting, temporary)

Few things in this life are as ephemeral as fame. (fleeting, transient)

Dreams are ephemeral in their duration and in the way they evaporate from the mind upon awakening. (transient, short-lived)

Our friendship was ephemeral and we soon lost touch. (short-lived, fleeting)

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