du·​al·​i·​ty | \ dü-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce duality (audio) 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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There was no understanding yet of the duality between legal equality and lived equality. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Coming Out, and Rising Up, in the Fifty Years After Stonewall," 28 June 2019 Valve spoke directly to this duality when introducing the Index system in late April. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Is Valve Index the best virtual reality system to buy in 2019?," 28 June 2019 The duality between those sentiments also applies to Selina’s upcoming reunion with Bruce Wayne in the pages of Tom King’s Batman comic. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, "Get a first look at Batman and Catwoman's upcoming reunion in 'City of Bane' comic," 13 June 2019 Geminis are people born between May 21 and June 20 and are often represented by a set of twins to symbolize the duality of their personalities. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "17 Gemini Memes That Totally Describe All Your Gemini Friends," 3 June 2019 Gemini — represented by twins — embraces duality and is all about having fun. Allure, "Bite Beauty's Astrology Lipstick for Leo Is an Attention-Grabbing Glittery Gold," 19 July 2018 Unfortunately, that’s not where the show’s duality ends. Karen Han, Vox, "Homecoming, starring Julia Roberts, is simpler than it appears — and a pleasure to watch," 2 Nov. 2018 Unsurprisingly, the internet has not been exempt from this duality. Brian P. Kelly, WSJ, "‘I Was Raised on the Internet’ Review: Binary Reactions to the Digital World," 15 Sep. 2018 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

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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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