Part of speech: adjective

Living one day only, as May- flies; hence, transitory.

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Usage examples "ephemeral":

  1. It would be an ephemeral reputation. - "Berenice", E. Phillips Oppenheim.
  2. She was of too strong a mind, of too clear an intellect, to value the ephemeral influence enjoyed by wealth or beauty; she wanted to reign, to rule, to govern, and as that was no longer a possibility in the political world, she resolved upon seeking some new sphere where she would always be first. - "Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century", W. H. Davenport Adams.
  3. The effect of the book will probably not last very long,- already it has been called an ephemeral sensation,- but it was immediate and tremendous. - "Essays on Russian Novelists", William Lyon Phelps.