topicality

noun

top·​i·​cal·​i·​ty ˌtä-pə-ˈka-lə-tē How to pronounce topicality (audio)
plural topicalities
1
: the quality or state of being topical
2
: an item of topical interest

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The shows — whether through an opening monologue or an interview with a celebrity who has a movie premiering soon — depend on topicality, something that has not quite translated to streaming. Benjamin Mullin, New York Times, 10 Oct. 2022 But there’s a nagging half-heartedness to these bids for topicality, and something less than conviction in the movie’s semisweet encouragement of optimism in the face of mounting danger. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2022 But the topicality may give the impression that Manzoni’s novel is some obscure text tendentiously trawled from the archives for useful contemporary parallels. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 23 Sep. 2022 With its images of police brutality and the treatment of women as little more than birthing receptacles, House brings its own grim 2022 topicality to the table. Sean T. Collins, Rolling Stone, 21 Aug. 2022 If topicality isn’t a draw for you, P-Valley continues to boast a soundtrack of wall-to-wall bangers and an atmosphere of sweltering saturation so pervasive the show could premiere in December and make air-conditioning necessary. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 June 2022 This little bit of topicality is a nice dig at recent events. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2022 Covering several years of fast-moving events, this Sundance premiere is too exclusively U.S.-focused to be particularly viable for offshore programmers, but its topicality should stir sales interest on home turf. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 23 Jan. 2022 The Morning Show, for example, has a Newsroom-like topicality and relies on its immediacy — screenwriters also aren't fooling anyone by using the pandemic as a means of grounding their shows. Jeva Lange, The Week, 18 Oct. 2021 See More

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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

Dictionary Entries Near topicality

Cite this Entry

“Topicality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/topicality. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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