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Tuesday, August 10

Evanesce

[ev-ə-NES]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: Latin, mid 19th century

1.

(literary) Pass out of sight, memory, or existence.

Examples of Evanesce in a sentence

"It seemed like every new concept or command evanesced as quickly as the puppy’s owners taught them."

"The linguist’s research concerns ancient languages and dialects that are evanescing."

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About Evanesce

Evanesce developed from the Latin word “evanescere,” a combination of “e” (out of) + “vanus” (empty).

Did you Know?

Many people find that their dreams evanesce once they wake up. Scientists have a number of different ideas as to why this happens. One common theory is that these memories are inaccessible; chemicals produced by the brain while dreaming recede once people wake up, making even the most vivid dream fade.

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