Origin of contemporaneous

1650–60; < Latin contemporāneus, equivalent to con- con- + tempor- (stem of tempus time) + -āneus (-ān(us) -an + -eus -eous)
Related formscon·tem·po·ra·ne·i·ty [kuhn-tem-per-uh-nee-i-tee] /kənˌtɛm pər əˈni ɪ ti/, con·tem·po·ra·ne·ous·ness, nouncon·tem·po·ra·ne·ous·ly, adverbnon·con·tem·po·ra·ne·ous, adjectivenon·con·tem·po·ra·ne·ous·ly, adverbnon·con·tem·po·ra·ne·ous·ness, nounpre·con·tem·po·ra·ne·i·ty, nounpre·con·tem·po·ra·ne·ous, adjectivepre·con·tem·po·ra·ne·ous·ly, adverbun·con·tem·po·ra·ne·ous, adjectiveun·con·tem·po·ra·ne·ous·ly, adverbun·con·tem·po·ra·ne·ous·ness, noun
Can be confusedcontemporary contemporaneous (see synonym study at contemporary)

Synonyms for contemporaneous

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Examples from the Web for contemporaneity

Historical Examples of contemporaneity

  • They cannot be indeed separated from contemporaneity; for that would be to separate them from the mind itself.

    Biographia Literaria

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • It employs historical methods, and uses the simplexii tests of comparison and contemporaneity.

  • Thus, for the continuation of the species, there must needs be a contemporaneity of vertebrate and evertebrate hosts.


    T. Spencer Cobbold

British Dictionary definitions for contemporaneity


  1. existing, beginning, or occurring in the same period of time
Derived Formscontemporaneity (kənˌtɛmpərəˈniːɪtɪ) or contemporaneousness, nouncontemporaneously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for contemporaneity



1650s, from Late Latin contemporaneus "contemporary," from the same source as contemporary but with a form after Late Latin temporaneous "timely." Related: Contemporaneously; contemporaneity.

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