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or transiency

[tran-shuh ns, -zhuh ns, -zee-uh ns] /ˈtræn ʃəns, -ʒəns, -zi əns/
transient state or quality.
Origin of transience
1735-45; transi(ent) + -ence
Related forms
nontransience, noun
nontransiency, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • On the other hand the mere fact of memory is an escape from transience.

    The Concept of Nature Alfred North Whitehead
  • Permanence, transience—Sir Ferdinando and his privies were gone, Crome still stood.

    Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley
  • Is it, perhaps, a taunt from some one who wishes to remind me of the transience of my office?

    Mystery at Geneva Rose Macaulay
  • This was now the reality; this great stone cathedral slumbering there in its mass, which knew no transience nor heard any denial.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • It was like a reminder of the transience of the thing he sought, a challenge rousing him to assert its immortality.

    The Divine Fire May Sinclair
  • At last he had found permanence in a life where heretofore had been naught but transience.

  • He put his pain with the transience of her youth and condescended to her so that he need not take note of himself.

    Narcissus Evelyn Scott
Word Origin and History for transience

1745; see transient + -ence.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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