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[tran-si-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -zi-]
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  1. not lasting, enduring, permanent, or eternal.
  2. lasting only a short time; brief; short-lived; temporary.
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Origin of transitory

1325–75; Middle English transitorie < Late Latin trānsitōrius fleeting (see transit, -tory1); replacing Middle English transitoire < Middle French < Late Latin, as above
Related formstran·si·to·ri·ly [tran-si-tawr-uh-lee, -tohr-, tran-si-tawr-, -tohr-, -zi-] /ˈtræn sɪˌtɔr ə li, -ˌtoʊr-, ˌtræn sɪˈtɔr-, -ˈtoʊr-, -zɪ-/, adverbtran·si·to·ri·ness, nounun·tran·si·to·ri·ly, adverbun·tran·si·to·ri·ness, nounun·tran·si·to·ry, adjective


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2. See temporary.


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Examples from the Web for transitoriness

Historical Examples

  • Literally, the words read "Remember—I, what a transitoriness."

    The Expositor's Bible: The Psalms, Vol. 2

    Alexander Maclaren

  • The poet then enlarges on the transitoriness of terrestrial love.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for transitoriness


  1. of short duration; transient or ephemeral
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Derived Formstransitorily, adverbtransitoriness, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Church Latin transitōrius passing, from Latin transitus a crossing over; see transient
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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).

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