Ephemeral vs Fading - What's the difference?

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Ephemeral is a related term of fading.

As nouns the difference between ephemeral and fading

is that ephemeral is something which lasts for a short period of time while fading is the act of something that fades; gradual diminishment.

As an adjective ephemeral

is lasting for a short period of time.

As a verb fading is




(en noun)
  • Something which lasts for a short period of time.
  • Synonyms

    * (short-lived) ephemeron


    (en adjective)
  • Lasting for a short period of time.
  • * Vicesimus Knox
  • Esteem, lasting esteem, the esteem of good men, like himself, will be his reward, when the gale of ephemeral popularity shall have gradually subsided.
  • * Sir J. Stephen
  • sentences not of ephemeral , but of eternal, efficacy
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  • It was during an access of this kind that I suddenly left my home, and bending my steps towards the near Alpine valleys, sought in the magnificence, the eternity of such scenes, to forget myself and my ephemeral , because human, sorrows.
  • (biology) Existing for only one day, as with some flowers, insects, and diseases.
  • (geology, of a body of water) Usually dry, but filling with water for brief periods during and after precipitation.
  • * 1986 , W.H. Raymond, "Clinoptilolite Deposit in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota, U.S.A.", in Y?ichi Murakami et al. (editors), New Developments in Zeolite Science and Technology (conference proceedings), Elsevier, ISBN 978-0-444-98981-9, page 80:
  • The graben constitutes a depositional basin and a topographic low, underlain by Cretaceous shales, in which volcanic debris accumulated in ephemeral lakes and streams in Oligocene and early Miocene time.


    * (lasting for a short period of time) temporary, transitory, fleeting, evanescent, momentary, short-lived, short, volatile * See also


    * (lasting for a long period of time) permanent, eternal, everlasting, timeless.

    Derived terms

    * ephemerally




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  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-10-19, volume=409, issue=8858, magazine=(The Economist), author=Banyan
  • , title= The meaning of Sachin , passage=With fading eyesight and reactions, the runs have dried up. That Mr Tendulkar has nonetheless kept his place in the national [cricket] side is a more dismal exemplum: of the impunity enjoyed by all India‚Äôs rich and powerful.}}


    (en noun)
  • The act of something that fades; gradual diminishment.
  • * 1854 , (Herman Melville), (Israel Potter)
  • (obsolete) An Irish dance; also, the burden of a song.
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • Fading is a fine jig.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • delicate burthens of dildos and fadings
    (Webster 1913)