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Evanescence


EVANES'CENCE, noun [Latin evanescens, from evanesco; e and vanesco, to vanish, from vanus, vain, empty. See Vain.]

1. A vanishing; a gradual departure from sight or possession, either by removal to a distance, or by dissipation, as vapor.

2. The state of being liable to vanish and escape possession.