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Usage examples for transitory

  1. All had a reckless, more or less debauched air, and the women in particular struck Thomas- a transitory flash though his glance was- as wearing a look of defiance towards all that the world deemed propriety. – The Life of Thomas Wanless, Peasant by Alexander Johnstone Wilson
  2. Yet the fact stood in history as big as a mountain that the Church always failed when making concessions of her spirit to any temporary power, and when not making concessions as to the visible forms and transitory shapes of human societies. – The Agony of the Church (1917) by Nikolaj Velimirovic
  3. Now leave Polly alone, and don't annoy her further with your transitory love. – Polly and Her Friends Abroad by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  4. A great many people are carried along by their impulses, their transitory emotions, which are not, properly speaking, feelings at all. – The Master-Knot of Human Fate by Ellis Meredith
  5. Everything else in all our lives is transitory. – The Jericho Road by W. Bion Adkins
  6. When he paid his first call in Eaton Terrace he did notice that she had considerably, indeed completely, dried up, and was therefore to that extent improved, but she still remained for him just Lucy's aunt,- somebody who poured out the tea, and who unfortunately hardly ever went out of the room; a necessary, though luckily a transitory, evil. – Vera by Elisabeth von Arnim
  7. The only conclusion we can come to is, that some of the most important experiences of the transitory Communities have not been surrendered to history. – History of American Socialisms by John Humphrey Noyes
  8. I have the honor of an old acquaintance, and entertain, in common with you, a very high esteem for the few English persons who are concerned in the government of Ireland; but I am not ignorant of the relation these transitory ministers bear to the more settled Irish part of your administration. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  9. What are the hopes, and fond desires Of mortals' transitory race? – The Bride of Messina A Tragedy by Frederich Schiller
  10. I took it to London to a skilful man, and had it as well repaired as its age would admit of; and it has gone ever since, though not with the greatest accuracy; for what could be expected of an old death's- head, the most transitory thing in creation? – The Seaboard Parish Volume 1 by George MacDonald
  11. In defense of the genuineness of the psychotic manifestations of these patients, I would recall again the transitory mental disturbances of students undergoing examinations. – Studies in Forensic Psychiatry by Bernard Glueck
  12. I suppose he is like most of the American poets, who are shadows of the true, as flat as a shadow, as colourless as a shadow, as lifeless and as transitory. – The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846 by Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
  13. By this, as by a fiery trial, we are taught humility, repentance, contempt of the world, and the true value of all its favors and enjoyments; that these are dangerous, transitory, and perishing, and can give no solid comfort to the distressed soul. – True Christianity by Johann Arndt
  14. But the prosecuting attorney's first questions served to give Joe a measure of ease; this was transitory, however, as he seemed to stand alone in the presence of some imminent personal danger when Moxlow asked: " Where were you on the night of the twenty- seventh of November at six o'clock?" – The Just and the Unjust by Vaughan Kester
  15. In the transitory population of the " pen" no one stayed long enough to give her another name; and no one ever stayed short enough to give her another one. – Balcony Stories by Grace E. King
  16. Some phrases, which could possess only a transitory and local interest, have been omitted; instead of the newspaper report of the Archbishop of York's address, his Grace's subsequently published pamphlet On the Limits of Philosophical inquiry is quoted, and I have, here and there, endeavoured to express my meaning more fully and clearly than I seem to have done in speaking- if I may judge by sundry criticisms upon what I am supposed to have said, which have appeared. – Autobiography and Selected Essays by Thomas Henry Huxley
  17. " These affections, I had read, are sometimes transitory and sometimes obstinate. – Green Tea; Mr. Justice Harbottle by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu
  18. It is only the heaviest and most continuous suffering, and not a transitory plague by locusts, which can justify the call in i. – Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions, v. 1 by Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg
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