evanescent

[ ev-uh-nes-uhnt ]

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Part of Speech

adjective

Origin + Etymology

Early 18th century; Latin

from Latin evanescent- ‘disappearing’, from the verb evanescere

Synonyms

  • brief
  • disappearing
  • fading
  • fleeting
  • momentary
  • passing
  • short-lived
  • temporary
  • tenuous
  • vanishing

Antonyms

  • unlimited
  • permanent

Definition

soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing

Example

Even though Kelly was begging to sign up for the soccer team now, her mother knew her interest was evanescent and would not last until the season started.

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