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What are some differences between the ways/contexts in which one would use "ephemeral" versus "transient", and vice versa?

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    Something ephemeral does not last long. Something transient is in a state of transition. – Anonym Jul 14 '14 at 0:00
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Both refer to short-lived things or activities or events. Transient implies some kind of transition between states in which the transient state does not last very long.

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I'd say that while "ephemeral" definitely means that lasts very little, "transient" can also take the hue of something transitory. And, sometimes, "transitory" things do become permanent :-)

Something ephemeral is, instead, going to die (soon) in any case. Sometimes lasting only one day, like the mayfly.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayfly

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