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[ev-uh-nes, ev-uh-nes] /ˌɛv əˈnɛs, ˈɛv əˌnɛs/
verb (used without object), evanesced, evanescing.
to disappear gradually; vanish; fade away.
Origin of evanesce
1815-25; < Latin ēvānēscere to vanish
Related forms
evanescence, noun
evanescible, adjective
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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


(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

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



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

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