American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Not lasting or durable; not permanent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not permanent; not enduring.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not permanent.
- adj. not permanent; not lasting
- adj. existing or enduring for a limited time only
“Often translated as "impermanent," it's actually the negative of nicca, which means constant or dependable.”
“Now, the difference between "impermanent" and "inconstant" may seem semantic, but it's crucial to the way anicca functions in the Buddha's teachings.”
“What had seemed at first to be burns struck him now as something else — the skin was not taut like a scar, but instead strangely discolored, as if eaten by a delicate acid perhaps, or scorched by a particularly harsh sunburn, or even a kind of impermanent tattoo — something with diluted henna?”
“By "impermanent," Gelugpas mean that awareness of objects changes from moment to moment, in the sense that the objects one is aware of change each moment.”
“Something rough comes to mind as to what it means when we think about the division of non-static, or "impermanent" phenomena into those that are forms of physical phenomena, those that are ways of being aware of something and those affecting variables that are neither – in other words, forms, minds and neither.”
“ Unlike me he had the wit to see your essential innocence, and he had decided that you would never enter the kind of impermanent relationship he most enjoys.”
“In what seems to be an effort to prove the "impermanent" nature of our presence at Palmerola, the Pentagon has given the American side of the base an oddly ramshackle appearance — in contrast to the elegance of the Honduran establishment on the other side of the barbed fence.”
“So much of it was about our experiences of being musicians and living that kind of impermanent lifestyle.”
“Because everything is impermanent, including politicians and their governments, we have a responsibility to affect change that will bring about the conditions RIGHT NOW for others to find contentment and happiness.”
“Kanzaki-san taught me the true meaning of wabi-sabi, an ancient Japanese philosophy that finds beauty in things that are imperfect, impermanent and aged.”
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