transitive verb

variants or detemporalize
: to dissociate from a particular historical time : make timeless
war fiction that tries to disengage itself from its own historical background, to detemporize and depersonalize its time-bound charactersRobert Pick

Word History


detemporize from de- + Latin tempor-, tempus time + English -ize; detemporalize from de- + temporalize

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“Detemporize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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