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Thursday, May 04, 2000

Definitions for ephemeral

  1. Beginning and ending in a day; existing only, or no longer than, a day; as, an ephemeral flower.
  2. Short-lived; existing or continuing for a short time only.

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Citations for ephemeral
Success is very ephemeral. You depend entirely on the desire of others, which makes it difficult to relax. Eva Green,
In "Mississippi Mermaid," the planter character played by Belmondo, a fellow who has sought a safe, permanent love, is liberated when he chooses to follow the ephemeral. Vincent Canby, New York Times
Origin of ephemeral
1570-1580
Ephemeral derives from Greek ephemeros, from epi, upon + hemera, day.