du·​al·​i·​ty dü-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce duality (audio)
 also  dyü-
plural dualities
: 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 Harlem – of Black struggle and progress – comes through in Mr. Henderson’s closing words. Ken Makin, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Feb. 2024 It's starts out rich, before fading into a softer, more delicate scent that highlights its duality. Ariana Yaptangco, Glamour, 24 Jan. 2024 The primal configuration, where the sensor has a single pixel and the illumination has good resolution, can be interpreted by its duality, where the pixelated screen works as a virtual sensor and the ambient light sensor as a virtual light source. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 23 Jan. 2024 Houston—Where Vietnamese Flavors Meet Texas Smoke A new generation of Vietnamese Texans are bringing their duality to the kitchen, with a delicious result. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 8 Dec. 2023 The duality between the two emphasizes the fine line between the bizarre and the everyday. Photovogue, Vogue, 6 Feb. 2024 Both cities share strong Latin roots, sweat-inducing traffic and a competitive duality between their daytime and nighttime pursuits. Evan Benn, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Home to some 50,000 people, the city is famed for its ancient history and the duality of its New Town and Old Town. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 16 Jan. 2024 That duality is so powerful to me and that’s real life. Jenelle Riley, Variety, 4 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1532, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of duality was in 1532

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“Duality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duality. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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