Saturday, July 19, 2008

Word of the Day


Pronunciation: \-sənt\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin evanescent-, evanescens, present participle of evanescere (vanishing, disappearing)
Date: 1717
1. vanishing; fading away; fleeting.
2. tending to become imperceptible; scarcely perceptible.

"On winter nights, when the wind brings the farewell callings of boats outward bound and across rooftops the chimney smoke of evening fires, there a sense, evanescent but authentic as the firelight's flicker, of time come circle, of ago's sweeter glimmerings recaptured."

— Truman Capote, A House In The Heights

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