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transitory

adjective brief, cursory, ephemeral, evanescent, fleeting, flitting, fugacious, impermanent, momentary, not permanent, passing away, provisional, short lived, temporal, temporary, transient, unenduring, unstable, volatile
Associated concepts: transitory actions, transitory causes of action, transitory possession of property, transitory seizen, transitory trade name, transitory use and occupation, transitory work
See also: brief, ephemeral, interlocutory, profane, provisional, shifting, temporary, transient, volatile

TRANSITORY. That which lasts but a short time, as transitory facts that which may be laid in different places, as a transitory action.

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He knew that all things human are transitory and therefore that it must cease one day or another.
Or else he would have dropped in a flare, a splendid but transitory pyrotechnic display.
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.
But peace upon the Channel has been but a transitory thing since August, 1914.
Emily's interest in the lost teacher was not the transitory interest of curiosity; her father's mysterious friend was a person whom she honestly desired to see again.
Therefore let pass, as they are transitory, The kingdoms of this world; I shall no more Advise thee; gain them as thou canst, or not.
Quite unconscious of the demonstrations of their amorous neighbour, or their effects upon the susceptible bosom of her mama, Kate Nickleby had, by this time, begun to enjoy a settled feeling of tranquillity and happiness, to which, even in occasional and transitory glimpses, she had long been a stranger.
His goodness must not be a partial and transitory act, but a constant superfluity, which costs him nothing and of which he is unconscious.
A great need of something to lean on, and a great weariness of independence and responsibility took possession of my soul; and looking round for support and comfort in that transitory mood, the emptiness of the present and the blankness of the future sent me back to the past with all its ghosts.
And let us make the best of Becky's aristocratic pleasures likewise--for these too, like all other mortal delights, were but transitory.
Our affections, however laudable, in this transitory world, should never master us; we should guide them, guide them.
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.