du·​al·​i·​ty | \ dü-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce duality (audio) also dyü- \
plural dualities

Definition of duality

: the quality or state of having two different or opposite parts or elements : dualism That duality—sophistication paired with authenticity on the wine list, simplicity spiced with creativity on the menu—gives Marea energy and distinctive character.— Thomas Matthews Another series from later years consisted of views of New York skyscrapers … which incorporate abstract patterns of light and shadow that express the duality of feeling, the fascination and loathing he had come to feel for the city.— Naomi Rosenblum By the wave/particle duality of quantum mechanics, light can be regarded as both a wave and a particle.— Stephen Hawking also : a difference between two opposite things : a division into two opposite groups : dichotomy For the most part Prince seems to be hoisting himself on the horns of the same duality that inspires most of his song lyrics: spirituality vs. carnality. — David Hiltbrand As my meditation teacher says, "Judgment is a form of violence to yourself as well as others. It creates duality and separates you from others." Yoga Journal

Examples of duality in a Sentence

the duality of human nature They discussed the dualities of the novel's characters.
Recent Examples on the Web The duality of his character continued to fascinate me. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 7 June 2021 The duality of those characters was really, really fun. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 May 2021 Cody spoke of a similar psychic weight when describing the duality of his immigrant heritage. Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2021 People call this dilemma, this duality of the self, the mind/body problem. Philip Martin, Arkansas Online, 23 May 2021 The past year revealed very little to anyone who is awake to the duality of America. Kweku Ramel Akyirefi Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 May 2021 The lifestyle brand creates trend-forward apparel that allows teens to experiment with their style while exploring the duality of who the D’Amelio’s are on social media and in real life. Yola Robert, Forbes, 18 May 2021 This maddening duality — in which popular opinion hosts promote misinformation while other programs present something closer to reality — is a core feature of the Fox News experience. Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2021 The impetus this time was the self-duality equation, a nonlinear differential equation that arises in quantum field theory. Quanta Magazine, 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of duality

1532, in the meaning defined above

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“Duality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duality. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of duality

formal : the quality or state of having two parts

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