Ephemeral

Ephemeral

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DEFINTION

 

                                                                     

Adjective

 

:

lasting a very short   time

EXAMPLES

    

 

 

The young pop star’s   fame turned out to be ephemeral.

“During the   creation of the ephemeral show—the walls will be erased for a new   exhibition later this month, leaving only a series of framed drawings   behind—Ms. Dary visited the local library and copied pages from a   100-year-old local directory.” — From an article by Tammy La Gorce in   the New York Times, January 4, 2013

 

 

 DID YOU KNOW

    

 

 

The mayfly (order   Ephemeroptera) typically hatches, matures, mates, and dies within the span of   a few short hours (though the longest-lived species may survive a record two   days); poets sometimes use this insect to symbolize life’s ephemeral nature.   When “ephemeral” (from the Greek word “ephēmeros,”   meaning “lasting a day”) first appeared in print in English in the   late 16th century, it was a scientific term applied to short-term fevers, and   later, to organisms (such as insects and flowers) with very short life spans.   Soon after that, it acquired an extended sense referring to anything fleeting   and short-lived (as in “ephemeral pleasures”).

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