Usage examples for transient

  1. When our life is a continuous trial, the moments of respite seem only to substitute the heaviness of dread for the heaviness of actual suffering: the curtain of cloud seems parted an instant only that we may measure all its horror as it hangs low, black, and imminent, in contrast with the transient brightness; the water drops that visit the parched lips in the desert bear with them only the keen imagination of thirst. – Scenes of Clerical Life by George Eliot
  2. A soul- such as hers- must rise freed from transient torment. – The Higher Court by Mary Stewart Daggett
  3. She had not taken in her front mind the contrast of the innocent one condemned to endure the shadow from which the guilty was by a transient ceremony released. – One of Our Conquerors, v2 by George Meredith Edition: 10 Language: English
  4. A transient glow illumined the street, revealing the faces of terrified women at the windows, and in an obscure corner a group of the rioters with their hats drawn down over their eyes. – Garrick's Pupil by Auguston Filon
  5. Nor was the sorrow only sharp and transient. – Life of Charles Dickens by Frank Marzials
  6. All that I can say is, that the wisest and best men in all ages had agreed in giving the preference, very greatly, to the pleasures of intellect; and that my own experience completely confirmed the truth of their decisions; that I had found sensual pleasures vain, transient, and continually attended with tedium and disgust; but that intellectual pleasures appeared to me ever fresh and young, filled up all my hours satisfactorily, gave a new zest to life, and diffused a lasting serenity over my mind. – An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus
  7. Can you forgive me, Dr. Lacey, when I tell you that the love I once fancied I bore for you has wholly subsided, and I now feel for you a friendship, which I trust will be more lasting than my transient girlish love? – Tempest and Sunshine by Mary J. Holmes
  8. But Hilda surveyed her with secret envy, transient yet real. – Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett
  9. As it approached the orbit of Uranus, in the year 126 A. D., that planet chanced to be very near at hand and perturbed the motion of the meteors to such an extent that the character of their orbit was completely changed into the ellipse shown in the figure, and in this new orbit they have moved from that time to this, permanent instead of transient members of the solar system. – A Text-Book of Astronomy by George C. Comstock
  10. It was to be her destiny to know the deep tranquil emotions of life rather than the passionate and transient. – The Captives by Hugh Walpole
  11. I was almost relieved when a hard try to bite on the part of the puppy imparted to Flurry's language a transient warmth; but the reaction was only temporary. – Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by E. OE. Somerville Martin Ross
  12. It is not a mere transient gust of enthusiasm. – Memoirs of Aaron Burr, Complete by Matthew L. Davis
  13. At length, his transient respite past, His comrades, who before Had heard his voice in every blast, Could catch the sound no more: For then by toil subdued, he drank The stifling wave, and then he sank. – Cowper by Goldwin Smith
  14. I cannot see even a transient member of my household uncomfortable. – The Lady of Fort St. John by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  15. Now, I want you to think that in life troubles will come which look as if they would never pass away; the night and the storm look as if they would last for ever; but the calm and the morning cannot be stayed; the storm in its very nature is transient. – The Seaboard Parish, Complete by George MacDonald
  16. By what signs can one hope to identify a face which changes at pleasure, even without the help of make- up, and whose every transient expression seems to be the final, definite expression?... – The Confessions of Arsène Lupin by Maurice Leblanc
  17. War power is in its nature violent, transient, established for a day; emancipation is the highest social and economical solution to be given by law and reason, and ought to result from a thorough and mature deliberation. – Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862 by Adam Gurowski