du·al·i·ty | \dü-ˈa-lə-tē also dyü- \
plural dualities

Definition of duality 

Examples of duality in a Sentence

the duality of human nature They discussed the dualities of the novel's characters.

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After that back-and-forth with Trump, Jerry — who has been criticized for being incompetent, hypocritical, and a relentless meddler — was an easy target for sports journalists and critics who were angry with the duality of his actions and words. refinery29.com, "How Charlotte Jones Anderson Became The NFL's "Ivanka Trump"," 15 June 2018 That duality continues in every facet of the game: Meatpunks mixes ASCII art and detailed character portraits; flowing, sentimental prose and internet slang-riddled dialogue; moments of quiet sadness and punchy, rebellious violence. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Extreme Meatpunks Forever," 11 July 2018 Francis Lam resurfaces his 2015 New York Times Magazine feature on Lewis, praising her duality as a writer. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Edna Lewis: Lasting impact of a culinary legend," 1 June 2018 Our postmodern, post-Marxist (left-wing, liberal, politically correct) era has lost touch with this duality. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The religious hunger that drives Jordan Peterson’s fandom," 1 June 2018 Here's where the good/bad Samaritan duality comes into play. Katie Walsh, latimes.com, "Tech-smart thriller 'Bad Samaritan' mines modern-day paranoia for chills," 2 May 2018 The group itself was designed to showcase the duality between the group's dark and fierce side (the black) along with their light and lovable side (pink), felt in their extremely accessible hip-hop/dance-pop sound. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, "BLACKPINK: A Girl Group Owning Its Girl Power," 6 July 2018 Talking about the duality of losing a child near childbirth and then delivering another healthy one is impossible. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "ESPN's Tony Reali delivered a powerful on-air reflection on losing his child," 18 June 2018 The raccoon that captivated America this week encompassed this duality. SFChronicle.com, "Last Word: The raccoon that rose above," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of duality

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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: the quality or state of having two parts

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