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 Those guys have a certain duality to their thinking. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Alabama producer talks J. Cole hit, work with Whitney, Tarantino, Erykah Badu," 1 July 2020 Nowhere else is the Gemini duality of laughter and sadness so powerful. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 10 June 2020 Part of that duality means viewers who’ve never been in an Islamic center or been involved in conversations between friends about what is and isn’t haram are all of a sudden part of this new world. Los Angeles Times, "‘Do not tell anybody you’re Muslim’: ‘Ramy’ stars reflect on Hollywood’s longtime neglect," 4 June 2020 This phenomenon, known as the wave-particle duality of light, is fundamental to all of quantum mechanics and has influenced the development of electron microscopes and solar cells. Everyday Einstein Sabrina Stierwalt, Scientific American, "Einstein's Legacy: The Photoelectric Effect," 18 Aug. 2015 There are other dualities in the painting, too — look at the shadows, look at the warm and cool tones, the nods to masculinity and femininity. Ryan Kost, SFChronicle.com, "SF artist BiP speaks out on police brutality with Hayes Valley mural," 15 Nov. 2019 The duality of their season was crystallized in the entirety of the 60 minutes at Assembly Hall. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "As Cassius Winston rides emotional roller coaster, so does Michigan State basketball," 24 Jan. 2020 That duality is the crux of what makes this particular Mustang so great. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Our Ford Mustang Bullitt Remains a Lovable Steed Through an Unlovable Season," 16 Mar. 2020 Like all dualities, those in this excursion are two bends that belong to the same river. Carlos Aguilar, chicagotribune.com, "‘Monos’ review: Heaven, Earth and war collide," 19 Sep. 2019

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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 11 Jul. 2020.

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formal : the quality or state of having two parts

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