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[tem-puh-ral-i-tee] /ˌtɛm pəˈræl ɪ ti/
noun, plural temporalities.
temporal character or nature; temporariness.
something temporal.
Usually, temporalities. a worldly or secular possession, revenue, or the like, as of the church or clergy.
Origin of temporality
1350-1400; Middle English temporalite < Late Latin temporālitās. See temporal1, -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for temporality
Historical Examples
  • We can apprehend the eternal essence of God because the temporality of our thought is accidental to its meaning.

    The Philosophy of Spinoza Baruch de Spinoza
  • The conviction and judgment in a civil court would not touch his temporality.

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

    Anthony Trollope
  • I would have brought him to no longer regretting his temporality; I would have made him an idol.

  • If worship is confined to the idolization of the sun or the cat, every one realizes the temporality of the matter.

  • The temporality of all things—even of the great imperturbable trees—is a thought of endless visitation in Nature.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
British Dictionary definitions for temporality


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being temporal
something temporal
(often pl) a secular possession or revenue belonging to a Church, a group within the Church, or the clergy
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Word Origin and History for temporality

late 14c., from Late Latin temporalitas, from temporalis (see temporal).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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