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evanesce

[ev-uh-nes, ev-uh-nes] /ˌɛv əˈnɛs, ˈɛv əˌnɛs/
verb (used without object), evanesced, evanescing.
1.
to disappear gradually; vanish; fade away.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; < Latin ēvānēscere to vanish
Related forms
evanescence, noun
evanescible, adjective
Can be confused
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  • But the original effort, and the response, left us thinking about the emotional tie of automobile names and their evanescence.
  • It is however inauthentic because of its evanescence.
  • We register pleasure but also the loss of pleasure, its evanescence.
  • Frailty and evanescence are now the lot of all lovely things.
  • Emerald and cochineal the flight of days, their cardamom-infused evanescence.
  • He also captured the evanescence of the whole thing.
  • Beauty must have an air of evanescence, the intimation of its own demise.
  • Bet it will be evident at once that this evanescence of the ice cannot be due to heat in the common.
British Dictionary definitions for evanescence

evanesce

/ˌɛvəˈnɛs/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (of smoke, mist, etc) to fade gradually from sight; vanish
Word Origin
C19: from Latin ēvānēscere to disappear; see vanish
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Word Origin and History for evanescence
n.

1751; see evanescent + -ence. Evanescency is attested from 1660s.

evanesce

v.

1822, a back-formation from evanescence, or else from Latin evanescere "to pass away, vanish" (see evanescent).

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