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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈmoʊmənˌtɛɹi/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈməʊmənt(ə)ɹi/
- Hyphenation: mo‧men‧ta‧ry
- Lasting for only a moment.
- Happening at every moment; perpetual.
- Ephemeral or relatively short-lived.
- 1749, [John Cleland], “(Please specify the letter or volume)”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: Printed [by Thomas Parker] for G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] […], OCLC 731622352:
- Yet oh! what an immense difference did I feel between this impression of a pleasure merely animal, and struck out of the collision of the sexes by a passive bodily effect, from that sweet fury, that rage of active delight which crowns the enjoyments of a mutual love-passion, where two hearts, tenderly and truly united, club to exalt the joy, and give it a spirit and soul that bids defiance to that end which mere momentary desires generally terminate in, when they die of a surfeit of satisfaction!
- See also Thesaurus:ephemeral
lasting for only a moment
ephemeral or relatively short-lived