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Synonyms for fleeting
ˈfli tɪŋfleet·ing

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  1. fleetingadjective

    Synonyms:
    ephemeral

  2. fleetingadjective

    passing quickly

    Synonyms:
    ephemeral

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. fleeting

    Transient and transitory are both derived from the same original source (Latin trans, over, and eo, go), denoting that which quickly passes or is passing away, but there is between them a fine shade of difference. A thing is transient which in fact is not lasting; a thing is transitory which by its very nature must soon pass away; a thing is temporary (Latin tempus, time) which is intended to last or be made use of but a little while; as, a transient joy; this transitory life; a temporary chairman. Ephemeral (Greek epi, on, and hemera, day) literally lasting but for a day, often marks more strongly than transient exceeding brevity of duration; it agrees with transitory in denoting that its object is destined to pass away, but is stronger, as denoting not only its certain but its speedy extinction; thus that which is ephemeral is looked upon as at once slight and perishable, and the word carries often a suggestion of contempt; man's life is transitory, a butterfly's existence is ephemeral; with no solid qualities or worthy achievements a pretender may sometimes gain an ephemeral popularity. That which is fleeting is viewed as in the act of passing swiftly by, and that which is fugitive (Latin fugio, flee) as eluding attempts to detain it; that which is evanescent (Latin evanesco, from e, out, and vanus, empty, vain) as in the act of vanishing even while we gaze, as the hues of the sunset.

    Synonyms:
    brief, ephemeral, evanescent, flitting, flying, fugitive, momentary, passing, short, temporary, transient, transitory

    Antonyms:
    abiding, enduring, eternal, everlasting, immortal, imperishable, lasting, permanent, perpetual, persistent, undying, unfading

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fleeting, fugitive, momentaneous, momentaryadjective

    lasting for a markedly brief time

    "a fleeting glance"; "fugitive hours"; "rapid momentaneous association of things that meet and pass"; "a momentary glimpse"

    Synonyms:
    fugitive, momentaneous, momentary

    Antonyms:
    long

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. fleetingadjective

    Synonyms:
    transitory, transient, ephemeral, temporary, passing, evanescent, fugitive, flitting, flying, brief, short-lived, here to-day and gone tomorrow

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. fleetingadjective

    Synonyms:
    impermanent, transient, transitory, evanescent, ephemeral, fugitive, temporary

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "fleeting":

    ephemeral, fugitive, mayfly, short-lived, transient

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How to use fleeting in a sentence?

  1. Henry James, "The Ambassadors", Book Fifth, Chapter 2:

    People can be in general pretty well trusted, of course--with the clock of their freedom ticking as loud as it seems to do here--to keep an eye on the fleeting hour.

  2. Book of Proverbs:

    Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

  3. Wesley D'Amico:

    Sadness and Happiness is a comparison between your fleeting momentary choices between past and future, modern and ancient.”

  4. Dorothy Sayers, Gaudy Night:

    How fleeting are all human passions compared with the massive continuity of ducks.

  5. Anonymous:

    Youth is fleeting, life less so.


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