disappearance

A disappearance occurs when something vanishes from sight. The disappearance of the stars behind the clouds makes it a bad night for watching a meteor shower.

While this word is often used when something's not visible, you can also use it for something that dies out or ceases to exist, like the disappearance of a particular animal species that's gone extinct or even disappearance of cursive writing in schools. In news stories, the word frequently refers to a crime involving a missing person: "The disappearance of his neighbor was very mysterious."

Definitions of disappearance
  1. noun
    the event of passing out of sight
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    Antonyms:
    appearance
    the event of coming into sight
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    immersion, ingress
    (astronomy) the disappearance of a celestial body prior to an eclipse
    evanescence
    the event of fading and gradually vanishing from sight
    vanishing
    a sudden or mysterious disappearance
    fadeout, receding
    a slow or gradual disappearance
    type of:
    happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
    an event that happens
  2. noun
    gradually ceasing to be visible
    synonyms: fade
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    conclusion, ending, termination
    the act of ending something
  3. noun
    ceasing to exist
    “he regretted the disappearance of Greek from school curricula”
    “what was responsible for the disappearance of the rainforest?”
    “the disappearance of resistance at very low temperatures”
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    type of:
    happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
    an event that happens
  4. noun
    the act of leaving secretly or without explanation
    synonyms: disappearing
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    Antonyms:
    appearance
    the act of appearing in public view
    types:
    vanishing
    a sudden disappearance from sight
    type of:
    departure, going, going away, leaving
    the act of departing
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