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 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, "Driss Chraïbi & the Novel Morocco Had to Ban," 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, "The year’s best rappers sounded ahead of their time. Literally.," 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, "Stick ‘em up! A surprising history of collage," 24 July 2019 There was a lack of temporality, a sense that the point of being there was not to see things, necessarily, but to simply be. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Luang Prabang Is the Ideal Southeast Asian City," 20 Nov. 2018 His work depicts intersections of masculinity, intimacy, and temporality, and is often inspired by his own experiences of isolation and trauma. Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, "Meet the Finalists for the New Vanguard Photography Prize," 2 July 2018 But as long as both people are on the same page about its temporality, a micro-romance avoids the biggest pressure on a new relationship: uncertainty about the future. Daisy Alioto, The Cut, "The Underrated Beauty of the ‘Micro-Romance’," 9 Apr. 2018 Inside the museum, a series of videos ruminates further on temporality and sequencing, language and different forms of perception. Jason Farago, Martha Schwendener And Will Heinrich, New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 5 Apr. 2018 Like buggy whips and cassette tapes, however, the Postal Service has been marked by temporality. National Geographic, "See Vintage Photos of the Post Office in Its Prime," 18 Feb. 2017

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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 28 Nov. 2020.

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