momentary - momentous

momentary - momentous
'momentary'
Something that is momentary lasts for only a short time.

There was a momentary pause.

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'momentous'
A momentous event or decision is very important, because of the effects it will have.

It was here that the momentous discovery was made.

He would be forced to make a momentous decision by the end of the day.

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  • momentous — (adj.) 1650s, from MOMENT (Cf. moment) + OUS (Cf. ous) to carry the sense of important while MOMENTARY (Cf. momentary) kept the meaning of an instant of time. Related: Momentously; momentousness …   Etymology dictionary

  • Momentous — Mo*men tous, a. [Cf. L. momentosus rapid, momentary.] Of moment or consequence; very important; weighty; as, a momentous decision; momentous affairs. {Mo*men tous*ly}, adv. {Mo*men tous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Momentously — Momentous Mo*men tous, a. [Cf. L. momentosus rapid, momentary.] Of moment or consequence; very important; weighty; as, a momentous decision; momentous affairs. {Mo*men tous*ly}, adv. {Mo*men tous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Momentousness — Momentous Mo*men tous, a. [Cf. L. momentosus rapid, momentary.] Of moment or consequence; very important; weighty; as, a momentous decision; momentous affairs. {Mo*men tous*ly}, adv. {Mo*men tous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • France — /frans, frahns/; Fr. /frddahonns/, n. 1. Anatole /ann nann tawl /, (Jacques Anatole Thibault), 1844 1924, French novelist and essayist: Nobel prize 1921. 2. a republic in W Europe. 58,470,421; 212,736 sq. mi. (550,985 sq. km). Cap.: Paris. 3.… …   Universalium

  • literature — /lit euhr euh cheuhr, choor , li treuh /, n. 1. writings in which expression and form, in connection with ideas of permanent and universal interest, are characteristic or essential features, as poetry, novels, history, biography, and essays. 2.… …   Universalium

  • metaphysics — /met euh fiz iks/, n. (used with a sing. v.) 1. the branch of philosophy that treats of first principles, includes ontology and cosmology, and is intimately connected with epistemology. 2. philosophy, esp. in its more abstruse branches. 3. the… …   Universalium

  • moment — [14] As the closely related momentum [17] suggests, ‘movement’ is the etymological notion underlying moment. It comes via Old French moment from Latin mōmentum. This was a contraction of an assumed earlier *movimentum, a derivative of movēre… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • moment — [14] As the closely related momentum [17] suggests, ‘movement’ is the etymological notion underlying moment. It comes via Old French moment from Latin mōmentum. This was a contraction of an assumed earlier *movimentum, a derivative of movēre… …   Word origins

  • World War I — the war fought mainly in Europe and the Middle East, between the Central Powers and the Allies, beginning on July 28, 1914, and ending on November 11, 1918, with the collapse of the Central Powers. Abbr.: WWI Also called Great War, War of the… …   Universalium

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