temporary

temporary
adjective
1)

temporary accommodationss

the temporary captain

Syn:
nonpermanent, short-term, interim; provisional, pro tem, makeshift, stopgap; acting, fill-in, stand-in, caretaker
Ant:
permanent
2)

a temporary loss of self-control

Syn:
brief, short-lived, momentary, fleeting, passing
Ant:
lasting
••
temporary, ephemeral, evanescent, fleeting, transient, transitory
Things that don't last long are called temporary, which emphasizes a measurable but limited duration (a temporary appointment as chief of staff). Something that is fleeting passes almost instantaneously and cannot be caught or held (a fleeting thought; a fleeting glimpse). Transient also applies to something that lasts or stays only a short time (transient house guests), while transitory refers to something that is destined to pass away or come to an end (the transitory pleasure of eating). Evanescent and ephemeral describe what is even more short-lived. Ephemeral literally means lasting for only a single day, but is often used to describe anything that is slight and perishable (his fame was ephemeral). Evanescent is a more lyrical word for whatever vanishes almost as soon as it appears. In other words, a job might be temporary, an emotion fleeting, a visitor transient, a woman's beauty transitory, and glory ephemeral, but the flash of a bird's wing across the sky would have to be called evanescent.

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  • temporary — tem‧po‧ra‧ry [ˈtemprəri, pri ǁ pəreri] adjective HUMAN RESOURCES 1. temporary contract/​job/​employment a contract, job etc that is only intended to continue for a short time, for example until a particular piece of work is finished 2.… …   Financial and business terms

  • Temporary — is a term that denotes a finite period of time, with a defined beginning and an end. It is derived from the Latin temporarius of seasonal character, lasting a short time, from tempus (gen. temporis ) time, season. It is the opposite of permanent …   Wikipedia

  • temporary — I adjective acting, ad tempus, brief, changeable, deciduous, elusive, ephemeral, evanescent, fleeting, fugacious, fugitive, impermanent, interim, limited, makeshift, momentary, monohemerous, nondurable, passing, perishable, provisional, shifting …   Law dictionary

  • temporary — temporary, provisional, ad interim, acting, supply can all be applied to a person holding a post for a limited time, to the post held by that person, or to his appointment. Temporary merely implies that the post is not held on tenure but may be… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Temporary — Tem po*ra*ry, a. [L. temporarius, fr. tempus, temporis, time: cf. F. temporaire.] Lasting for a time only; existing or continuing for a limited time; not permanent; as, the patient has obtained temporary relief. [1913 Webster] Temporary… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • temporary — [tem′pə rer΄ē] adj. [L temporarius < tempus, time: see TEMPER] lasting, enjoyed, used, etc. for a time only; not permanent n. an employee hired for temporary service, esp. one hired as an office worker temporarily adv. temporariness n. SYN.… …   English World dictionary

  • temporary — temporary, temporarily Temporary is pronounced tem pǝ rǝ ri, as four syllables, with an additional stress on the ar in AmE. Temporarily has five syllables and until recently was pronounced in BrE with the stress on the first syllable, but the AmE …   Modern English usage

  • temporary — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ lasting for only a limited period. ► NOUN (pl. temporaries) ▪ a person employed on a temporary basis. DERIVATIVES temporarily adverb temporariness noun. ORIGIN Latin temporarius, from tempus time …   English terms dictionary

  • temporary — (adj.) 1540s, from L. temporarius of seasonal character, lasting a short time, from tempus (gen. temporis) time, season. The noun meaning person employed only for a time is recorded from 1848 …   Etymology dictionary

  • temporary — [adj] lasting only a short while acting, ad hoc, ad interim, alternate, BandAid*, brief, changeable, ephemeral, evanescent, fleeting, for the time being*, fugacious, fugitive, impermanent, interim, limited, make do*, makeshift*, momentary, mortal …   New thesaurus

  • temporary — That which is to last for a limited time only, as distinguished from that which is perpetual, or indefinite, in its duration. Opposite of permanent. Thus, temporary alimony is granted for the support of the wife pending the action for divorce; a… …   Black's law dictionary

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