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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class I. Words Expressing Abstract Relations
Section VI. Time
1. Absolute Time

111. [Short Duration.] Transience.

   NOUN:TRANSIENCE, transiency, ephemerality, transientness [rare] &c. adj.; evanescence, impermanence or impermanency, preterience [rare], volatility, fugacity, caducity [rare], mortality, span; nine days’ wonder, bubble, Mayfly; spurt; temporary arrangement, interregnum, interim.
  VELOCITY [See Velocity]; suddenness [See Instantaneity]; changeableness [See Changeableness].
  EPHEMERON; transient, transient boarder, transient guest, transient rates [all colloq., U. S.].
   VERB:BE TRANSIENT &c. adj.; flit, pass away, fly, gallop, vanish, fleet, sink, melt, fade, evaporate; pass away like a -cloud, -summer cloud, – shadow, – dream.
   ADJECTIVE:TRANSIENT, transitory, transitive; passing, evanescent, fleeting; flying &c. v.; fugacious, fugitive; transeunt, interim, shifting, slippery; spasmodic.
  TEMPORAL, temporary; provisional, provisory; cursory, short-lived, ephemeral, ephemerous [rare], preterient [rare], caducous [rare], deciduous; perishable, mortal, precarious; impermanent.
  BRIEF, quick, brisk, fleet, cometary, meteoric, volatile, extemporaneous, summary; pressed for time (haste) [See Haste]; sudden, momentary (instantaneous) [See Instantaneity].
   ADVERB:TEMPORARILY &c. adj.; pro tempore [L.]; for the moment, for a time; awhile, en passant [F.], in transitu [L.]; in a short time; soon (early) [See Earliness]; briefly &c. adj.; at short notice; on the point of, on the eve of; in articulo [L.]; between cup and lip.
  1. One’s days are numbered.
  2. The time is up.
  3. Here to-day and gone to-morrow.
  4. Non semper erit æstas.
  5. Eheu! fugaces labuntur anni.
  6. Sic transit gloria mundi.
  7. A schoolboy’s tale, the wonder of the hour!—Byron
  8. Dum loquimur fugerit invidia ætas.
  9. Fugit hora.