- 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
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Examples from the Web for temporality
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
I would have brought him to no longer regretting his temporality; I would have made him an idol.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 6 (of 6)
Hippolyte A. Taine
If worship is confined to the idolization of the sun or the cat, every one realizes the temporality of the matter.The Positive Outcome of Philosophy
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
- the state or quality of being temporal
- something temporal
- (often plural) a secular possession or revenue belonging to a Church, a group within the Church, or the clergy
Word Origin and History for temporality
late 14c., from Late Latin temporalitas, from temporalis (see temporal).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper