Ephemeral vs Makeshift - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between ephemeral and makeshift

is that ephemeral is something which lasts for a short period of time while makeshift is a temporary, usually insubstantial, substitution for something else.

As adjectives the difference between ephemeral and makeshift

is that ephemeral is lasting for a short period of time while makeshift is made to work or suffice; improvised; substituted.

ephemeral

Noun

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

    * (short-lived) ephemeron

    Adjective

    (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.

    Synonyms

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

    Antonyms

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

    Derived terms

    * ephemerally

    makeshift

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A temporary, usually insubstantial, substitution for something else.
  • *
  • I am not a model clergyman, only a decent makeshift .

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Made to work or suffice; improvised; substituted.
  • They used the ledge and a few branches for a makeshift shelter.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=May 26 2012 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Norway 0-1 England , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Hodgson was able to introduce Arsenal teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for his debut late on as this makeshift England line-up closed out a victory that was solid for the most part without ever threatening to be spectacular.}}

    See also

    * make shift