V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. tending to vanish like vapor; 2. disappearing quickly and being forgotten

Synonyms: fleeting, short-lived, temporal, impermanent, transient, elusive

Antonyms: enduring, lasting, permanent

Tips: Evanescent can be used to describe fleeting joys or passions. In addition, it can be used as a scientific term with waves of light or other such elusive elements. In literature, said of smoke or mist, it denotes gradual fading. Evanescent is related to ephemeral, fleeting, and transitory. See additional analysis at transitory.

Usage Examples:

Rainbows are a beautiful, but unfortunately evanescent, effect of rain and sunshine. (fleeting, impermanent)

Once the evanescent mist had passed, the birds began to chirp happily. (transient, fleeting)

Fame can come and go like an evanescent dream. (fleeting, vanishing)

The so called "Brat Pack" of young stars all had short and evanescent careers. (fleeting, vanishing)

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