tran·​si·​to·​ry | \ ˈtran(t)-sə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce transitory (audio) , ˈtran-zə- How to pronounce transitory (audio) \

Definition of transitory

1 : of brief duration : temporary the transitory nature of earthly joy
2 : tending to pass away : not persistent

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Other Words from transitory

transitorily \ ˌtran(t)-​sə-​ˈtȯr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce transitorily (audio) , ˌtran-​zə-​ \ adverb
transitoriness \ ˈtran(t)-​sə-​ˌtȯr-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce transitoriness (audio) , ˈtran-​zə-​ \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of transitory in a Sentence

the transitory nature of earthly pleasures

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My research on the transitory nature of cyberweapons also explains that once a country’s cybercapability is exposed, the adversary can often relatively easily adapt its systems to avert intrusion. Max Smeets, Washington Post, "The Netherlands just revealed its cybercapacity. So what does that mean?," 8 Feb. 2018 Schultz has passionately launched virtuous, if transitory, initiatives regarding: sustainability, race relations, gun violence, income disparity, economic development, veteran employment, and the budget deficit. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Fortune, "Why CEOs Make Great Politicians," 14 June 2018 This exhibition at ESMoA brings together dozens of their works, shot decades apart, for a unique view of a transitory space that marks the city in permanent ways. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 Zartman points out most Westerners are frustrated that a deal in Asia appears transitory and subject to renegotiation. WSJ, "Art of the Deal Varies Throughout East Asia," 2 July 2018 No matter how slight or transitory, the symptoms of a mild stroke are warnings that must not be ignored. George Parry,, "I had a stroke. Don't do what I did if the same thing happens to you.," 1 June 2018 Turrell, who is perhaps best known for creating ethereal installations that employ transitory beams of light, is focusing on slightly more concrete materials in this, his seventh show at the gallery. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Datebook: A closeup of dust, artistry of the Black Panther Party and celebrating the male physique," 5 July 2018 The bank considers gasoline price fluctuations to be transitory and doesn’t include them in its calculations of core, or underlying, inflation. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Bank of Canada Signals Rate Rise Could Come Soon," 30 May 2018 Twitter’s Moments product is a constant stream of just such transitory and disordered reactions to context-free events. Antonio García Martínez, WIRED, "Facebook, Snapchat and the Dawn of the Post-Truth Era," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of transitory

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for transitory

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

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: lasting only for a short time

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