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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.
This consolation is located against the backdrop provided by the process commonplace that the real root of tragedy is not found in the conflict between good and evil (although this conflict is real enough and the source of much grief), but in the transitoriness of contingent good.
Robert Solomon's words are very well suited to this discussion; he points out, "In the face of tragedy and in view of the human potential which at its best always allows for: (i) turning suffering into a human achievement and accomplishment; (ii) deriving from guilt the opportunity to change oneself for the better; and (iii) deriving from life's transitoriness an incentive to take responsible action.
As van Velsen once noted, where such relationships exist, even when formal legal processes do intervene, 'judges and litigants, and the litigants among themselves, interact in relationships whose significance ranges beyond the transitoriness of the court or a particular dispute' (van Velsen 1969: 138; Stevens 2001: 22).
For Henryson, like for Baruch, "man is not inherently evil; rather, man's nature is defined by his transitoriness and his fleetingness on the scene of history, an existential situation that reduces every human action to meaninglessness" (Green 1975: 508).
I choose to talk here about the evanescence or transitoriness and negatives of power because we just elected a new team which will wield power over us all for the next six years.
By hastening the pictorial strokes on the canvas, it seemed to express the artistic necessity to affirm the emergence of singular perceptions in the flow of the dynamic transitoriness that characterized modern cities where the rigidity of old notion such as time and space tended to collapse.
Because the eras imaginarias emphasize form by decontextualizing culture and history, they reveal the transitoriness of signification and the distance between fact and representation.
Indeed, in this sense one should note that Woolf was very preoccupied with life's transitoriness at this point in her life:
28) The cinematography of the land is used in Crocodile Dundee to stand against Times Square - to defy the dislocation and transitoriness of the city, and contest the culture of consumption it exemplifies.
The driving force of metaphysics in the field of moral and religion is the fear of the vicissitudes of life, the transitoriness of all things, the inexorability of death, or, conversely, the desire for the absolute, the eternally immutable which defies the law of corruption.