Ephemeral – Word of the Day

Ephemeral

Today’s Word of the Day is ephemeral (adjective): lasting a short time.

Example: Mayflies are one of the most ephemeral insects, living only one day as adults.

Synonyms: fleeting, transient, brief

Antonyms: eternal, immortal, permanent

 

“Ephemeral” comes from the Greek word “ephēmeros,” which means lasting only one day. Before the 1700’s, the word described diseases or lifespans that were short lived. Now, the word most commonly describes things related to nature, but it can also describe man-made objects such as sculptures.

 

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