- not lasting, enduring, permanent, or eternal.
- lasting only a short time; brief; short-lived; temporary.
Origin of transitory
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Examples from the Web for transitoriness
Literally, the words read "Remember—I, what a transitoriness."The Expositor's Bible: The Psalms, Vol. 2
The poet then enlarges on the transitoriness of terrestrial love.Woman under Monasticism
It teaches the transitoriness and mutability of this world and of all human things.A Civil Servant in Burma
Herbert Thirkel White
Another characteristic of the wild religions is their transitoriness.
The violence of the storm has been counterbalanced by its transitoriness.A Changed Man and Other Tales
- of short duration; transient or ephemeral
Word Origin and History for transitoriness
late 14c., from Old French transitoire (12c.), from Late Latin transitorius "passing, transient," from Latin, "allowing passage through," from transitus, past participle of transire "go or cross over" (see transient).