to·​tal·​i·​ty | \ tō-ˈta-lə-tē How to pronounce totality (audio) \
plural totalities

Definition of totality

1 : an aggregate amount : sum, whole
2a : the quality or state of being total : wholeness
b : the phase of an eclipse during which it is total : state of total eclipse

Examples of totality in a Sentence

the totality of human knowledge the totality of the stars in the universe can only be loosely guessed at
Recent Examples on the Web His father’s accident — the suddenness, the shock, the totality of it — echoed through nearly everything Wyeth did. Murray Whyte,, 28 July 2022 Baffert had explanations for all of them, but the totality of them painted a troublesome picture. Los Angeles Times, 3 July 2022 The progression suggests that one way fiction might approach the depiction of capitalist totality and its impossible forms is by presenting it, however futilely, through incommensurable shards. Jane Hu, The Atlantic, 26 May 2022 Consequently the Moon’s northern limb—which will be closest to the center of Earth’s shadow—became rather dark during totality. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 16 May 2022 The moon won’t completely disappear during totality. Dean Regas, The Enquirer, 10 May 2022 And while the series between those two teams this weekend at Ben Boeke Ice Arena may not decide the fate of the Wolverines’ season, the totality of their March schedule might. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Mar. 2022 The totality is a study in solid geometry, demonstrating the various ways an almost-identical thing can be made different. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 1 July 2022 Taken in totality, the crypto market has lost more than $2T of what was a $3T market. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 30 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of totality

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Aug 2022

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“Totality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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