ephemeral

[ih-fem-er-uhl]
adjective
1.
lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory: the ephemeral joys of childhood.
2.
lasting but one day: an ephemeral flower.
noun
3.
anything short-lived, as certain insects.

Origin:
1570–80; < Greek ephḗmer(os) short-lived, lasting but a day (ep- ep- + hēmér(a) day + -os adj. suffix) + -al1

ephemerally, adverb
ephemeralness, noun
nonephemeral, adjective
nonephemerally, adverb
unephemeral, adjective
unephemerally, adverb


1. fleeting, evanescent, transient, momentary, brief.


1. permanent.
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ephemeral (ɪˈfɛmərəl)
 
adj
1.  lasting for only a short time; transitory; short-lived: ephemeral pleasure
 
n
2.  a short-lived organism, such as the mayfly
3.  a plant that completes its life cycle in less than one year, usually less than six months
 
[C16: from Greek ephēmeros lasting only a day, from hēmera day]
 
e'phemerally
 
adv
 
ephemer'ality
 
n
 
e'phemeralness
 
n

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ephemeral
1630s, from Gk. ephemeros (see ephemera). Related: Ephemerality.
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Example sentences
I'm happy that the movie can give some pleasure to people, but acting is ephemeral.
It makes us appreciate the beauty in all that is ephemeral.
Serene and ephemeral as a little smiling sun.
There can be no doubt that this experience is entirely abstract and ephemeral.
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