Word of the Day Archive
Thursday May 4, 2000
ephemeral \ih-FEM-er-ul\ , adjective:
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.
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, "Truffaut's Clear-Eyed Quest.", New York Times, September 14, 1975
Rather, we must separate what is ephemeral... from the things that are of lasting importance.
-- Patrick Smith, Japan: A Reinterpretation
Ephemeral derives from Greek ephemeros, from epi, upon + hemera, day.