top·i·cal·i·ty | \ˌtä-pə-ˈka-lə-tē \
plural topicalities

Definition of topicality 

1 : the quality or state of being topical

2 : an item of topical interest

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The connection to President Trump, while period-appropriate, feels a bit forced, and designed to give the show a topicality. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: Ryan Murphy's 'Pose' is a glittery extravaganza," 1 June 2018 The novel’s never going to be good at dealing with that kind of topicality. Tobias Carroll, Longreads, "The Tether Between Two Worlds: An Interview with Sergio De La Pava," 16 May 2018 In a separate interview, Newton, who plays the world-weary brothel madam Maeve, pauses upon being asked about the show's topicality in a changing world. Chris Barton,, "'Westworld's' stars on how season 2 speaks to the #MeToo movement," 20 Apr. 2018 In this case, director Mark Streshinsky’s elegantly fluid staging favors timelessness over topicality, though the costumes do lend the proceedings an early 20th century feel. Jeremy Eichler,, "From darkness to light with Boston Baroque’s rousing ‘Fidelio’," 14 Apr. 2018 In a mortifying sprinkling of topicality, the movie — set in summer 2016 — shows John, a lifelong Democratic voter, unwittingly joining in the chants at a rally for Donald Trump. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "Review: On the Road for a Last Taste of Freedom in ‘The Leisure Seeker’," 8 Mar. 2018 When a subject like this comes up, Jimmy seems to hold it in his hand like a piece of fruit, rotating it, checking its luster and bruises for both its humor and its topicality. Michael Paterniti, GQ, "Jimmy Kimmel Is Seriously Funny," 17 Jan. 2018 In a bid for topicality, Klepper will adopt an Alex Jones-esque persona, much as Colbert once did a then-timely Bill O'Reilly one. Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jordan Klepper on Launching a Late-Night Series in Trump's "Paranoia" Era," 25 Sep. 2017 DRIVE-BY POLITICS Disney Animation’s Zootopia has also fully embraced the political moment this awards season, and the unintended topicality of its story, in which a character sows fear for political gain. Rebecca Keegan, HWD, "The Slow Reveal of Oscar Night Begins," 7 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of topicality

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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