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temporality

[tem-puh-ral-i-tee]
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noun, plural tem·po·ral·i·ties.
  1. temporal character or nature; temporariness.
  2. something temporal.
  3. Usually temporalities. a worldly or secular possession, revenue, or the like, as of the church or clergy.
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Origin of temporality

1350–1400; Middle English temporalite < Late Latin temporālitās. See temporal1, -ity
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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.

  • 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

temporality

noun plural -ties
  1. the state or quality of being temporal
  2. something temporal
  3. (often plural) 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

n.

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

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