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short-lived

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From short + life + -ed.

PronunciationEdit

  • (US) IPA(key): /ʃɔɹtˈlaɪvd/, /ʃɔɹtˈlɪvd/; see usage notes below

AdjectiveEdit

short-lived (comparative shorter-lived, superlative shortest-lived)

  1. Alive or existent for only a short period of time.
    But his joy was short-lived, for his fortunes soon changed.

Usage notesEdit

  • 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.

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