momentous vs momentary

momentous momentary


  • 1) of unparalleled significance
  • 2) outstanding in importance
  • 3) Of utmost importance; of outstanding significance or consequence.
  • 4) Of moment or consequence; very important; weighty
  • 5) of very great significance


  • 1) Happening at every moment; perpetual.
  • 2) Ephemeral or relatively short-lived.
  • 3) Lasting for only a moment.
  • 4) Short-lived or ephemeral, as a life.
  • 5) Occurring or present at every moment.
  • 6) Done in a moment; continuing only a moment; lasting a very short time.
  • 7) lasting for a markedly brief time


  • 1) We have had momentous days before and survived them all.
  • 2) The book goes into little detail on what seems quite a momentous change.
  • 3) The sense that you are a part of an unparalleled history can play momentous tricks.
  • 4) This day will be momentous in the history of all time.
  • 5) Many other people must adjust to these momentous changes.
  • 6) One of the reasons his career feels so weighty is because of the momentous history it spans.
  • 7) It was designed as a golden souvenir of a momentous day.
  • 8) But there was a momentous change of attitude in that sentence.
  • 9) It was a momentous day for me.
  • 10) Americans sense their nation is on the threshold of momentous change.
  • 11) This has been a momentous day.
  • 12) None of these changes was momentous.
  • 13) The unbroken bottle was the first hitch in what had been a momentous day for the Duchess.
  • 14) It's one of those momentous days alongside changing the offside law.
  • 15) To explore the history of our streets is to chart momentous social change and the ebb and flow between enormous wealth and terrible poverty.
  • 16) The relationship of his art to his country's dark and momentous history is perhaps the most powerful force that shapes this retrospective.
  • 17) We should not forget the momentous changes occurring in Tunisia and Egypt.
  • 18) The deciding shootout leg was summed up in commentary at the time as the'most momentous in darts history '.
  • 19) ‘The prospect of a single currency may present this country with one of the most momentous decisions in its history.’
  • 20) ‘It was just after I sat my finals at art college in 1962 that a series of momentous events occurred.’
  • 21) ‘After the momentous events of 1953 the men from the expedition shared a rare friendship.’
  • 22) ‘It was described by visitors as a memorable event to celebrate a momentous occasion.’
  • 23) ‘This would be my mother's first grandchild - a momentous event in any family.’
  • 24) ‘The judge acknowledged he was making a momentous decision, and few would have wished to take his place.’
  • 25) ‘I am only too aware of my own limitations in making so momentous a decision.’
  • 26) ‘Committing troops to battle is the most momentous decision any Prime Minister can make.’
  • 27) ‘If the group's words are borne out by verified actions, it will be a momentous and historic development.’
  • 28) ‘One way or another, it is promising to be a momentous week in the history of York City Football Club.’
  • 29) ‘At momentous times in the history of the nation we look for guidance from our leaders.’
  • 30) ‘Within a day of arriving we felt so relaxed that the most momentous decision we faced was deciding where to eat.’
  • 31) ‘People do not make momentous decisions like these by trying to predict how much pleasure each choice might bring them.’
  • 32) ‘The strategic results of his audacious decision were momentous and did much to shape the war in this region.’
  • 33) ‘It was without doubt a momentous occasion and one of the most significant developments in Laois.’
  • 34) ‘It neither comprehends nor anticipates the momentous consequences of its actions.’
  • 35) ‘The effects of such a response could be experienced as momentous and far reaching.’
  • 36) ‘It may be no stretch to say that the win could go down as a momentous one in the annals of United's history.’
  • 37) ‘For the dedicated runner, a more perfect start to this momentous week could not be imagined.’
  • 38) ‘He is right to say that this is the most momentous election of our lifetimes.’


  • 1) There is a momentary pause before he answers.
  • 2) This was not a momentary lapse of judgment.
  • 3) And a momentary pause in aircraft landings at an airport nobody uses anyway.
  • 4) This made me flinch and caused me to have a momentary lapse in concentration.
  • 5) The most likely reason was a momentary lapse of concentration.
  • 6) The colliding egos of senior officials caused momentary and unforgivable lapses.
  • 7) Perhaps the collapse could have been attributed to a momentary lapse of concentration.
  • 8) Neither is this a momentary lapse.
  • 9) It was succeeded by other instruments of pleasure, or rather of momentary relief.
  • 10) It is one momentary lapse, one stroke of good luck.
  • 11) He was distraught afterwards, and his act could only be explained as a momentary mental lapse.
  • 12) At the very worst, he is guilty of a momentary lapse of reason.
  • 13) The drugs brought momentary relief.
  • 14) The Health Secretary had a momentary lapse of anger.
  • 15) Indeed, no one mentioned this momentary lapse, and it received little press coverage.
  • 16) His momentary lapse allowed Long to ghost into the space he used for the game's opening goal.
  • 17) But the thought of being personally connected with the transaction was less agreeable; and her momentary flashes of amusement were followed by increasing periods of doubt.
  • 18) There will be countless athletes at these Olympic Games who will suffer a momentary lapse after four years of preparation and hard work.
  • 19) Alas, I am built more for momentary lapses in judgment than permanent holiness.
  • 20) Foley, who's openly gay, says he was molested by a priest as a child, leading him to addiction and what he calls a momentary lapse of judgment.
  • 21) But the smaller branch of the two composing the fork broke, and Michael fell to the ground, landing in momentary confusion on his head and shoulders.
  • 22) Any Republican urge to negotiate a ‘least bad’ compromise with the Democrats, and thereby gain momentary public credit for helping the president ‘do something’ about health care, should also be resisted.
  • 23) Few clearer statements of the naturalistic paradox of joy in momentary and sensuous pleasure being clouded by a pall that shrouds even the happiest summits34 can be found in London's fiction than his summary of Fang's outlook at the moment of realization:
  • 24) Suffice to say it was a much more dangerous and miserable version of the above story (imagine seven-year-old crack addicts), but ultimately became an exercise in momentary transcendence.
  • 25) Michael fell to the ground, landing in momentary confusion on his head and shoulders.
  • 26) Sometimes, in momentary reaction from the pent-up feelings of indignation and revolt, which were chronic with me during my imprisonments, I could have laughed out loud at the imbecility and pathos of human fallibility, that civilised (?) educated beings could continue such processes by way of ridding themselves from the dangers and active harmfulness of crime.
  • 27) There was Pitapat flitting about the bed in momentary danger of looking under it!
  • 28) My dear friend, you are in momentary danger of losing this soul of such priceless value.
  • 29) ‘It may have been due to her diabetes or a momentary lapse of concentration that she drifted across the road.’
  • 30) ‘Occasionally he tapped the ash, a momentary pause in the almost mechanical rhythm of the smoking.’
  • 31) ‘In any event, she was charming in the face of my momentary lapse in speech.’
  • 32) ‘All drivers have momentary lapses and if that is a crime then we are all criminals.’
  • 33) ‘She needed to know that it was just a momentary lapse in judgement and that she was his only love.’
  • 34) ‘The attack helicopter's appearance did cause a momentary pause in the battle.’
  • 35) ‘He thought it was a momentary loss of concentration by the car driver who he expected to correct the manoeuvre.’
  • 36) ‘A momentary drop in concentration and Schuettler was two breaks down and the set had slipped away from him.’
  • 37) ‘There are a couple of brief gaps in the print causing very slight and momentary jumps within a scene.’
  • 38) ‘The distant clatter of a milk van revives a long-lost, though momentary, reverie.’
  • 39) ‘Any one person can win the game, his unfortunate momentary rival getting the blame for the inverse loss.’
  • 40) ‘Either it slipped my mind that I was, in fact, 19, or I'd suffered momentary aphasia.’
  • 41) ‘France takes the idea of passion being a mediating factor further, like momentary madness.’
  • 42) ‘But despite the momentary release, it doesn't solve the problem, and may compound it.’
  • 43) ‘A father watching his daughter comb her brother's hair experiences a momentary pang of pure happiness.’
  • 44) ‘I had a momentary insight into the fragility and mortality of mankind.’
  • 45) ‘Both the question and the response caused a momentary hush in the crowd.’
  • 46) ‘What took place was a momentary loss of temper and he struck out in anger.’
  • 47) ‘The sense of relief is momentary as further scrutiny reveals the cracks in the economy.’
  • 48) ‘She took advantage of his momentary weakness to drive her elbows into his stomach.’

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