top·​i·​cal·​i·​ty ˌtä-pə-ˈka-lə-tē How to pronounce topicality (audio)
plural topicalities
: the quality or state of being topical
: an item of topical interest

Examples of topicality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maher’s trite topicality shtick goes back to his 2008 film Religulous, an ugly blend of atheism and the anti-Americanism of the Bush II years. Armond White, National Review, 7 June 2024 Hollywood might also, one gathers, embrace the topicality of Van Booy’s subject matter. Danny Heitman, The Christian Science Monitor, 31 May 2024 At least there will be local interest in Denmark, where the true story the film is based on is well-known, but The Girl With the Needle could have a much wider appeal given its urgent topicality. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 May 2024 In a reach for topicality, this attempt to draw historical antisemitic parallels feels rushed and lopsided at best. Siddhant Adlakha, Variety, 9 Mar. 2024 One commenter argued, however, that the film’s hot button topicality could backfire if — heaven forbid — real-world violence did occur. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Mar. 2024 And then the news event, which was very related to the show, which was related to the show’s topicality, occurred. Chris Willman, Variety, 11 Nov. 2023 The screenplay strains for topicality, stuffing too many elements at once into this sad story in a bid for relevance that never quite resonates. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2023 This was mixed with some topicality, like Barbie-friendly pink and, no surprise, quiet luxury. Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 13 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of topicality was in 1904

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“Topicality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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