transitory

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adjective tran·si·to·ry \ˈtran(t)-sə-ˌtȯr-ē, ˈtran-zə-\

Definition of transitory

  1. 1 :  of brief duration :  temporary the transitory nature of earthly joy

  2. 2 :  tending to pass away :  not persistent

transitorily

play \ˌtran(t)-sə-ˈtȯr-ə-lē, ˌtran-zə-\ adverb

transitoriness

play \ˈtran(t)-sə-ˌtȯr-ē-nəs, ˈtran-zə-\ noun

Examples of transitory in a Sentence

  1. the transitory nature of earthly pleasures

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Origin and Etymology of transitory

Middle English transitorie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin transitorius, from Latin, of or allowing passage, from transire

Synonym Discussion of transitory

transient, transitory, ephemeral, momentary, fugitive, fleeting, evanescent mean lasting or staying only a short time. transient applies to what is actually short in its duration or stay. a hotel catering primarily to transient guests transitory applies to what is by its nature or essence bound to change, pass, or come to an end. fame in the movies is transitory ephemeral implies striking brevity of life or duration. many slang words are ephemeral momentary suggests coming and going quickly and therefore being merely a brief interruption of a more enduring state. my feelings of guilt were only momentary fugitive and fleeting imply passing so quickly as to make apprehending difficult. let a fugitive smile flit across his face fleeting moments of joy evanescent suggests a quick vanishing and an airy or fragile quality. the story has an evanescent touch of whimsy that is lost in translation

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transitory

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Definition of transitory for English Language Learners

  • : lasting only for a short time



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