con·​tem·​po·​ra·​ne·​i·​ty kən-ˌtem-p(ə-)rə-ˈnē-ə-tē How to pronounce contemporaneity (audio)
: the quality or state of being contemporaneous or contemporary

Examples of contemporaneity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My goal was to bring modernity, contemporaneity, desire, femininity and lightness to fabrics and graphics. Billboard Italy, Billboard, 6 Mar. 2024 Perfetti gives him an effete contemporaneity, but the character needs new lines more than a new look. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2023 Despite some design missteps, like overly high slits on apron skirts, the collection resonated with a relaxed confidence, striking a balance between luxury, contemporaneity, and French elegance. Thomas Adamson, ajc, 23 June 2023 From start to finish, Amy Herzog’s streamlined adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s proto-feminist 1879 drama, directed by Jamie Lloyd, builds a sense of immediacy and this-could-be-you contemporaneity. Don Aucoin,, 6 Apr. 2023 What may be the most controversial part of the film lies in its politically inflected contemporaneity, starting with the flowing Middle Eastern robes and the face coverings of the Fremen. Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2021 While today this tale of a Black man’s struggle to affirm what should not need affirming — the fact of his humanity — might not be considered Doctorow’s to tell, the story itself has, sadly, lost none of its contemporaneity. Jonathan Dee, New York Times, 17 Aug. 2022 This lends a sense of contemporaneity to all of them. Mark Feeney,, 27 Oct. 2022 Count on director Bart DeLorenzo to draw out the contemporary parallels through the adventurous contemporaneity of his staging. Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2022

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Word History


contemporane(ous) + -ity

First Known Use

1644, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of contemporaneity was in 1644

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“Contemporaneity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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