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- Alive or existent for only a short period of time.
- But his joy was short-lived, for his fortunes soon changed.
- The pronunciation /ʃɔɹtˈlaɪvd/ (the second syllable rhyming with hived) is more consistent with the etymology (since the term comes from the noun life rather than the verb live), and was formerly more common; however, the pronunciation /ʃɔɹtˈlɪvd/ (the second syllable pronounced as the verb lived) is more common today.
- See also Thesaurus:ephemeral
not existent for very long