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 (trăn′sĭ-tôr′ē, trăn′zĭ-)
Existing or lasting only a short time; short-lived or temporary: "the disorder of his life: the succession of cities, of transitory loves" (Carson McCullers).

[Middle English transitorie, from Old French transitoire, from Late Latin trānsitōrius, from Latin, having a passageway, from trānsitus, passage; see transit.]

tran′si·to′ri·ly adv.
tran′si·to′ri·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.transitoriness - an impermanence that suggests the inevitability of ending or dyingtransitoriness - an impermanence that suggests the inevitability of ending or dying
impermanence, impermanency - the property of not existing for indefinitely long durations
fugaciousness, fugacity - the lack of enduring qualities (used chiefly of plant parts)
ephemerality, ephemeralness, fleetingness - the property of lasting for a very short time
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He was one of the few people who was acutely conscious of the transitoriness of life, and how necessary it was to make the most of it.
In these English farms, if anywhere, one might see life steadily and see it whole, group in one vision its transitoriness and its eternal youth, connect--connect without bitterness until all men are brothers.
Filmmaking not only creates a false sense of omniscience in materializing our consciousness, it also becomes an effort at avoiding death and a refusal to acknowledge that transitoriness defines our uniqueness.
While arguing that a complete, definitive analysis is not possible, due to the constraints of subjectivity, transitoriness, and historical interest, they aim to reconstruct The Wonders' anglo-Saxon audience, as they claim the space between literary and art history and deal with motive and interpretation.
To a far greater extent than ordinary cinema, they promised, as Siegfried Kracauer put it, "to wrest the totality of life from its transitoriness and to transmit it in the eternity of the image" (Kracauer 124).
He is, as Michael Hamburger once observed, an author obsessed "with transitoriness and the interweaving of seemingly unconnected phenomena and events.
Anne Goarzin writes that Elizabeth is "confronted both by the transitoriness of existence and by its continuity" and points out that in the end the text seems to have reached a point where Elizabeth's "wonderings" symbolically join "together the world of the living and of the dead, the subject and the object, the banal and the universal" (39).
In Nietzsche's terms, monumental history regards the life of humanity as 'a glorious thing', and celebrates the 'solidarity and continuity of greatness of all ages' as 'a protest against the passing away of generations and the transitoriness of things'.
But the resulting air of transitoriness did not destroy value.
Heraclitus's] affirmation of transitoriness and destruction, the decisive element in dionysian philosophy, affirmation of antithesis and war, becoming with a radical rejection even of the concept of 'being'--in this I must in any event recognize what is most closely related to me of anything that has been though hitherto" (Ecce Homo: How One Becomes What One Is, trans.
Is it to exhibit the fragility and transitoriness of the book in the digital age--an object we have hitherto taken for granted as a means of data storage and processing?
Researcher development is defined both broadly and succinctly as the process whereby people's capacity and willingness to carry out the research components of their work or studies may be considered to be enhanced, with a degree of permanence that exceeds transitoriness.