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
Recent Examples on the Web Gundy’s hair must go, but most importantly so must the totality of his belligerence if Oklahoma State can ever move past this and grow from the experience without him losing his job there. Joseph Goodman |, al, "It’s time for Mike Gundy to get a haircut," 17 June 2020 The totality of Trump’s display underscored the extent to which the pandemic has worn on the president, who has watched his popularity in key swing states plummet. Justin Sink,, "Trump Shows Frayed Nerves With Pandemic’s Toll Climbing," 12 May 2020 Our minds allow us -- and here Spinoza becomes lyrical -- to participate in eternal totality and to achieve piece of mind by aligning ourselves with the trajectory of the universe. The School Of Life, CNN, "The School of Life presents: Another way to think about death," 6 May 2020 But the totality of Mr. Flynn’s treatment shocks the conscience. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "The FBI’s Flynn Outrage," 30 Apr. 2020 The way this country looks on TV in this pandemic feels artificial, unreal—the way the world looks in an eclipse’s light during the final totality. Matt Farwell, The New Republic, "The Paranoid Style of America in a Pandemic," 1 Apr. 2020 These roles would allow Dallas to take advantage of the full totality of his skill set. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: Cowboys reload on defense in 7-round mock draft, including the second-best pass rusher in the 2020 class," 25 Mar. 2020 There are more than 72,000 servicemen left unaccounted for from the totality of World War II, more than 7,800 servicemen missing from the Korean War, and exactly 1,585 unaccounted for from the conflict in Vietnam. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Myanmar repatriates remains of American servicemen believed to have died in WWII," 12 Mar. 2020 Indeed, Xi would not even be the first Chinese ruler to fall victim to the totality of his own power. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "How the Coronavirus Revealed Authoritarianism’s Fatal Flaw," 22 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of totality

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Jun 2020

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“Totality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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: the whole or entire amount of something

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