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evanescent

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Definition tending to vanish like vapor
  • I try to capture the evanescent beauty of the sunset in my photographs.
evanescent = tending to vanish like vapor
  • An infinite distress possessed Razumov, annihilated his energy, and before his eyes everything appeared confused and as if evanescent.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Under Western Eyes
  • There is nothing more beautiful, I think, than the evanescent fleeting images and sentiments presented by a language one is just becoming familiar with—ideas that flit across the mental sky, shaped and tinted by capricious fancy.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • evanescent = tending to vanish like vapor
  • ...evanescent flushes played upon her cheeks and neck...
    Shaw, George Bernard  --  An Unsocial Socialist
  • Fyne's young disciples were to her husband's gravity no more than evanescent shadows.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Chance
  • it asked, vigorous and evanescent at the same time, overcoming the strength of the wind, and swept away from Jukes instantly.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Typhoon
  • The fur trade itself, which has given life to all this portraiture, is essentially evanescent.
    Irving, Washington  --  The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, U.S.A., in the Rocky Mountains and the far West
  • Its nature is like opaline doves'-neck lustres, hovering and evanescent.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, First Series
  • What, then, would it avail the reader to know their names, or the evanescent symbols of their martial rank!
    Scott, Walter  --  Ivanhoe
  • In times of strong emotion mankind disdain all base considerations; but such times are evanescent.
    Melville, Herman  --  Moby Dick I-LXVII
  • She examined me intently, and I could detect a curious shifting and shading of feelings on her face, too evanescent and ambiguous for definition.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • There was something evanescent about Morel, she thought, something shifting and false.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • So evanescent and unstable are men's works in this world!
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Silvery dancing strands that seemed the pure play of light , light as evanescent news, ideas borne on light.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • There was a knock at the door, and that connection between them-evanescent as a butterfly that lands on your hand-broke.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Although this event failed not of a vivid effect upon my disordered imagination, yet was it evanescent as vivid.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  William Wilson
  • At multiple depths, as far as I could see, there were evanescent trails of phosphorescent green bubbles, the wake of speeding fish.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Centuries telescoped into one evanescent moment.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • A book not so much full of birds as full of evanescence, of blue-winged, trumpeting mysteries.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • In times of strong emotion mankind disdain all base considerations; but such times are evanescent.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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