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

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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

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According to National Geographic, totality will begin at 11:41 p.m. EST on January 20th and is expected to last for 62 minutes. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "A Super Blood Wolf Moon Is Coming This Month," 4 Jan. 2019 In their totality, Trump’s remarks amounted to an unprecedented embrace of a man who for years has been isolated by the U.S. and Western allies for actions in Ukraine, Syria and beyond. Vladimir Isachenkov, The Seattle Times, "Trump embraces longtime US foe Putin, doubting own intel," 16 July 2018 Being in the path of totality of a total solar eclipse is a rare experience impossible to completely replicate. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "It's Not Too Early to Start Thinking About the July 2019 Solar Eclipse," 7 Jan. 2019 Instead, his approach was to ponder the totality of everything. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Inside Danny Meyer’s Lonely War on Tips," 25 Aug. 2018 Once these followers begin seeing the totality of the person, that genius becomes questionable, oftentimes debated by those who require another genius for their own learning. George Johnson, The Root, "Black Genius: A Privilege Afforded Only to Straight Black Men," 9 May 2018 Others circled the vehicle a few times to take in the totality of the destruction. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Jurors in Ride the Ducks trial leave courthouse to view vehicles damaged in deadly crash," 6 Nov. 2018 But focusing solely on SoftBank misses the totality of the Saudis’ under-the-radar investments that still come from the same oil money machine. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Why Silicon Valley investors just can’t quit Saudi money," 25 Oct. 2018 Patients should be able to control their own medical information, participate in their own care and be assured the totality of their health-care data is available to all of the physicians who care for them. WSJ, "Enable Medical-Monitoring APPs Via Law," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of totality

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: the whole or entire amount of something

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