Word of the Day: ephemeral

ephem·er·al adjective\i-ˈfem-rəl, -ˈfēm-; -ˈfe-mə-, -ˈfē-\ : lasting a very short time

Full Definition of EPHEMERAL

1: lasting one day only <an ephemeral fever>

2: lasting a very short time <ephemeral pleasures>

ephem·er·al·ly\-rə-lē\adverb

Origin of EPHEMERAL

Greek ephēmeros lasting a day, daily, from epi- + hēmera day

First Known Use: 1576

Related to EPHEMERAL

Synonyms

brief, deciduous, momentary, evanescent, flash, fleeting, fugacious, fugitive, impermanent, passing, short-lived, temporary, transient, transitory

Antonyms

ceaseless, dateless, deathless, endless, enduring, eternal, everlasting, immortal, lasting, long-lived, permanent, perpetual, timeless, undying, unending

Related Words

little, short, shortish; acting, interim, provisional, short-term

Near Antonyms

lifelong; continuing, durable, persistent; imperishable, indefectible, indestructible

 

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Definition source: http://www.merriam-webster.com

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