tem·​po·​ral·​i·​ty | \ ˌtem-pə-ˈra-lə-tē How to pronounce temporality (audio) \
plural temporalities

Definition of temporality

1a : civil or political as distinguished from spiritual or ecclesiastical power or authority
b : an ecclesiastical property or revenue often used in plural
2 : the quality or state of being temporal

Examples of temporality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our dinners have a similar temporality and everything is carried away the same night - both leave no trace. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, 17 Oct. 2021 As Rosita waits for the mail, striving to ignore temporality, the flowers tended by her green-thumbed uncle symbolize time and aging. Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2021 Distilling as a process has a similar kind of temporality. Adam Rogers, Wired, 2 Aug. 2021 The run of 20 cars flouts temporality by looking back—way back, 1,680 trillion miles from earth, in fact—for a reframed perspective on the age-old theme of time. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 12 July 2021 Their contribution, then, is in line with all the pop-up structures that have taken over the streetscape and offers a new through-line of temporality, communal gathering, and ritual. Eva Hagberg, Curbed, 15 Mar. 2021 The Simple Past is told entirely from Driss’s perspective, in frank, vivid, often coarse language and jarring, Faulknerian shifts in focus and temporality. Adam Shatz, The New York Review of Books, 2 Jan. 2020 Back in the ’90s, E-40, Suga Free and Silkk the Shocker each found new ways to melt the clock, cramming their lines with lumps of molten syllables, reminding us how mouth-music can loosen our sense of temporality. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2019 Early photographers developed a practice of splicing images together, allowing them to meddle with temporality and dissolve the boundaries between the natural and supernatural – a theme that the Surrealists would explore. 1843, 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of temporality

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for temporality

Middle English temperalte, temporalte, temporalyte (in plural or collective) "worldly matters, secular authority," borrowed from Anglo-French temporalté, temporalité, borrowed from Late Latin temporālitāt-, temporālitās "temporary character, duration of the present time," from Latin temporālis temporal entry 1 + -itāt-, -itās -ity

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“Temporality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temporality. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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