And though topical humor tends to be transitory, a really bad gag can take on a life of its own and curdle a political career.
A yellow rose, given by Roger to Jane, became a symbol of the transitory stage of their marriage.
Hence every world culture whose basis is a unity of language, in the sense of a world language, is doomed to be transitory.
The effect of his words, on me, was neither slight nor transitory.
Let us see if our pleasure is stable or transitory, if it pass away, it is a river of Babylon.
Prefer knowledge to wealth; for the one is transitory, the other perpetual.
The transitory amazement of a few relatives was a meager consolation for the doubts and agonies of nine slow months.
Every impulse given to the masses is, in its nature, spasmodic and transitory.
The inns which devote themselves to the entertainment of mere travellers are called the taverns of the transitory Guests.
The doctor, whom she met there, said that this state of calm was very possibly only transitory.
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).