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transience

[tran-shuh ns, -zhuh ns, -zee-uh ns] /ˈtræn ʃəns, -ʒəns, -zi əns/
noun
1.
transient state or quality.
Also, transiency.
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45; transi(ent) + -ence
Related forms
nontransience, noun
nontransiency, noun
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Examples from the web for transience
  • To remain with the transient is to be at peace with transience.
  • Traditional still-life painting was often used to represent the transience of life.
  • It supports a feeling of transience and anonymity, almost as in a dining room in a city far from your own.
  • From a tool of permanence and planning, zoning became an instrument of transience and politics.
  • Despite the apparent bedrock stability of the company he now works for, management still creates an atmosphere of transience.
  • Barzun began to appreciate the transience of civilization almost as soon as he learned what the word meant.
  • Many of the tipplers will weep at the beauty of the blossoms and the transience of life that they symbolise.
  • In investigating his own transience he invites us to investigate our own.
  • It can be a vision of more transience or more pointlessness.
  • In the car, that takes on more of a feeling of transience, moving at high speeds or stopped momentarily at a traffic light.
Word Origin and History for transience
n.

1745; see transient + -ence.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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