Definition of transience in English:


(also transiency)


  • The state or fact of lasting only for a short time; transitory nature.

    ‘the transience of life and happiness’
    • ‘In that moment, I could have been the only person in the world, and although I was aware of its transience, I appreciated it like a bubble, with its fragility only enhancing its beauty.’
    • ‘What is especially interesting is the resonance with today, especially the comparison between the permanence of the civil service and the transience of almost anything else.’
    • ‘Ultimately, it's an exquisite meditation on the transience of life and the sustaining illusions of permanence, including, most destructively of all, love.’
    • ‘It speaks to the way life comes and goes, with its beauties and tragedies, through its balletic recording of transience and impermanence.’
    • ‘Getting anywhere in this country takes times, but Mali shows not only the transience of empires, it shows you can make wonderful things, even of mud.’
    temporariness, transitoriness, impermanence, brevity, briefness, shortness, ephemerality, short-livedness, momentariness, mutability, instability, volatility
    caducity, fugitiveness
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