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tran·si·to·ry

 (trăn′sĭ-tôr′ē, trăn′zĭ-)
adj.
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.

transitory

(ˈtrænsɪtərɪ; -trɪ)
adj
of short duration; transient or ephemeral
[C14: from Church Latin transitōrius passing, from Latin transitus a crossing over; see transient]
ˈtransitorily adv
ˈtransitoriness n

tran•si•to•ry

(ˈtræn sɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -zɪ-)

adj.
1. not lasting, enduring, permanent, or eternal.
2. lasting only a short time; brief; short-lived; temporary.
[1325–75; Middle English transitoire < Middle French < Late Latin trānsitōrius fleeting; see transit, -tory1]
tran`si•to′ri•ly (-ˈtɔr ə li, -ˈtoʊr-) adv.
tran′si•to`ri•ness, n.
syn: See temporary.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.transitory - lasting a very short time; "the ephemeral joys of childhood"; "a passing fancy"; "youth's transient beauty"; "love is transitory but it is eternal"; "fugacious blossoms"
impermanent, temporary - not permanent; not lasting; "politics is an impermanent factor of life"- James Thurber; "impermanent palm cottages"; "a temperary arrangement"; "temporary housing"

transitory

transitory

adjective
Translations

transitory

[ˈtrænzɪtərɪ] ADJtransitorio

transitory

[ˈtrænsətəri] adjtransitoireTransit van® n (British)camionnette f

transitory

adj lifekurz; grief, joykurzlebig, vergänglich, vorübergehend; interestkurzlebig, flüchtig; transitory periodÜbergangsperiode f; the transitory nature of somethingdie Kurzlebigkeit von etw

transitory

[ˈtrænzɪtrɪ] adjtransitorio/a

transitory

a. transitorio-a, pasajero-a.
References in classic literature ?
Yet apart from all transitory passions and the ephemeral results of mortal love, the song of the Taoist lover soars unstained, untrammelled.
Many a night he vaguely and unhappily wandered there, when wine had brought no transitory gladness to him; many a dreary daybreak revealed his solitary figure lingering there, and still lingering there when the first beams of the sun brought into strong relief, removed beauties of architecture in spires of churches and lofty buildings, as perhaps the quiet time brought some sense of better things, else forgotten and unattainable, into his mind.
I am, therefore, in a measure constrained to follow that road, and by it I must travel in spite of all the world, and it will be labour in vain for you to urge me to resist what heaven wills, fate ordains, reason requires, and, above all, my own inclination favours; for knowing as I do the countless toils that are the accompaniments of knight-errantry, I know, too, the infinite blessings that are attained by it; I know that the path of virtue is very narrow, and the road of vice broad and spacious; I know their ends and goals are different, for the broad and easy road of vice ends in death, and the narrow and toilsome one of virtue in life, and not transitory life, but in that which has no end; I know, as our great Castilian poet says, that-
Before the show breaks up she would like to drop the august title of the Eternal Woman, and go there as her transitory self.
He knew that all things human are transitory and therefore that it must cease one day or another.
Still, beside, or only a little way beneath, such a picture of passing fashion, what Steele and his fellows really deal with is the least transitory aspects of life, though still merely aspects--those points in which all human nature, great or little, finds what it has in common, and directly shows itself up.
A human being in perfection ought always to preserve a calm and peaceful mind and never to allow passion or a transitory desire to disturb his tranquillity.
A man may be very sober--or at least firmly set upon his legs on that neutral ground which lies between the confines of perfect sobriety and slight tipsiness--and yet feel a strong tendency to mingle up present circumstances with others which have no manner of connection with them; to confound all consideration of persons, things, times, and places; and to jumble his disjointed thoughts together in a kind of mental kaleidoscope, producing combinations as unexpected as they are transitory.
Let us leave our old friend in one of those moments of unmixed happiness, of which, if we seek them, there are ever some, to cheer our transitory existence here.
Nor were the happy effects of this prescription of a transitory nature, as, notwithstanding that the distance was greater, and the journey longer, than the single gentleman had anticipated, she did not awake until it was broad day, and they were clattering over the pavement of a town.
His goodness must not be a partial and transitory act, but a constant superfluity, which costs him nothing and of which he is unconscious.
And let us make the best of Becky's aristocratic pleasures likewise--for these too, like all other mortal delights, were but transitory.