totality

[ toh-tal-i-tee ]
/ toʊˈtæl ɪ ti /

noun, plural to·tal·i·ties.

something that is total or constitutes a total; the total amount; a whole.
the state of being total; entirety.
Astronomy. total obscuration in an eclipse.

Nearby words

  1. totalism,
  2. totalistic,
  3. totalitarian,
  4. totalitarianism,
  5. totalitarianize,
  6. totalizator,
  7. totalize,
  8. totalizer,
  9. totally,
  10. totally ordered set

Origin of totality

First recorded in 1590–1600; total + -ity

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British Dictionary definitions for totality

totality

/ (təʊˈtælɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the whole amount
the state of being total
the state or period of an eclipse when light from the eclipsed body is totally obscured
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Word Origin and History for totality

totality

n.

1590s, from total (adj.) + -ity. In the eclipse sense, from 1842.

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