du·​al·​i·​ty | \ dü-ˈa-lə-tē also dyü- How to pronounce duality (audio) \
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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This is the duality of modern Jewish life: We are tasked with maintaining a beautiful and ancient tradition in the face of the knowledge that some people want to kill us for doing so. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "My Jewish wedding was the day of the Pittsburgh shooting. Anti-Semites threatened it.," 2 Nov. 2018 The challenge of playing two roles got Duke’s mind spinning about big themes of privilege, duality, the patriarchy and America. Lindsey Bahr, The Seattle Times, "With ‘Black Panther’ and now ‘Us,’ Winston Duke is on a roll," 26 Mar. 2019 Hopefully, her clothing reflects the very duality of Rihanna: a little vampy but with a range of oversize fashion gear that nods to her own off-duty wardrobe. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Rihanna’s Reportedly Launching a Luxury Fashion Brand—What Will It Look Like?," 18 Jan. 2019 The duality of all this – the anguish and the joy – is impossible to grasp. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "ESPN's Tony Reali delivered a powerful on-air reflection on losing his child," 18 June 2018 The duality of our upbringings is something to be proud of. Jared Michael Lowe, Teen Vogue, "Kids of Immigrants Designers Talk Xenophobia, Fashion, and Giving Back," 25 May 2018 There’s a clue to the book’s duality on the front cover: What first appear to be random splotches of thick blue paint represent, in fact, a paw print. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Pachyderm Parties and a Hue That’ll Make You Cry," 20 Sep. 2018 Like Hamlet, the fetus is tortured by the duality of his own thinking, which paralyzes him for the most part. Liz Matthews, Town & Country, "Ian McEwan's 'Nutshell' is a Modern-Day 'Hamlet'," 28 Sep. 2016 As mediums go, the bidirectional grain is perfect for expressing the duality of man. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "Flip sequins are the weird, glitzy fabric that kids can’t get enough of," 27 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of duality

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of duality

formal : the quality or state of having two parts

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