Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being transitory; short continuance; evanescence; transientness.
- n. The state or quality of being transitory.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being transitory; speedy passage or departure.
- n. an impermanence that suggests the inevitability of ending or dying
- From transitory + -ness (Wiktionary)
“The transitoriness is the same, and the eternal consequences are eternal alike in both; and yet there is a very solemn sense in which the one man's life has utterly perished, and the other's abides.”
“But loving-kindness is not coloured with that transitoriness which is the irremediable defect of love.”
“Reflecting her fascination with what might be called "transitoriness," how things change over time, these lamps, tables, chairs and fountains explore how found objects can actually rediscover new life and beauty under her hands. about me”
“And, even if it cannot efface golden memories of the one he did at Stratford in 1958 and is a bit short on festive exuberance, it catches perfectly the play's melancholy and preoccupation with time, transitoriness and loss.”
“Like any good romantic, he regularly reflects on the yearning for love, the consolations of nature, the transitoriness of all things and the deep yet moonlit loneliness of life.”
“The immortality question is just was impossible for me, and I think you're right in linking it to the transitoriness that make us human: if we could exist forever, then it is no longer an "us" that is timeless -- since timeboundedness is the condition of our being, not an inconvenient fact we learn once we've started to be.”
“As the very coloring of a flower is itself the functioning of the flower's emergence, so fading, transitoriness, is the function of its creativity.”
“Great Regulars: Whereas we tend to consign a dark, bittersweet nostalgia to the all-encompassing dustbin of sentimentality, the Hispanic sensibility has saved it as a poignant and durable feeling relating to the transitoriness of life.”
“The only way for an essentially static art to overcome the transitory nature of both what it depicts and of ordinary pleasures is by picking a beautiful moment which is as it were exempt from the actual transitoriness of an object's history in real nature and our pleasure in which also does not fade like other pleasures do (“First Grove,” p. 137).”
“Only the ever-deepening poverty, the increasing industrial disorganization and the transitoriness of that last war-phase saved all the towns in the world from being thrust completely under such squat massive coverings.”
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