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Part of Speech
adjective and noun
- Lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory.
- Lasting one day only.
- Being of temporary value or passing interest.
The first known use of ephemeral as an adjective was circa 1576 and as a noun in 1807. The word is borrowed from the Greek ephēmeros lasting a day, daily, from epi- + hēmera day.
Usage and Examples
Here are some examples:
- As far as Jack Duncan was concerned, men weakened themselves by clinging to ephemeral material things and relationships.
- As I got older, I realized how ephemeral our bonds are with anybody; because, for the most part, we are alone to see and witness the world.
- Dani and Jodi lived the transient and ephemeral existence of motorcycle travelers for a month, a journey of freedom and simple pleasures.