One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun The state of existing within or having some relationship with time.‘like spatial position, temporality is an intrinsic property of the object’
impermanence, transience, ephemerality, impermanency, perishabilityView synonyms
- ‘Blindness is equated with turning away from temporality towards the contemplation of eternity.’
- ‘I had an interest in music, text and temporality.’
- ‘He switches styles, tone and temporalities with goofy abandon.’
- ‘Even our joys, in their temporality, remind us of impermanence.’
- ‘Eric's temporality begins to unravel, events from the near future seeping into the present.’
- ‘The play is fragmented, and constantly shifts in temporality.’
- ‘The film has a complex interweaving of references and temporalities.’
- ‘The sculpture is a poignant evocation of the essential temporality of human relationships.’
- ‘The themes of spatiality and temporality are strongly reiterated in the festival.’
- ‘A new sense of temporality gave human consciousness a decisive role in the shaping of history.’
- ‘What makes instant messaging different to the epistolary romance is the question of temporality.’
- ‘Life implies change and hence temporality.’
- ‘This achievement opposes the insignificance and temporality the writer's life.’
- ‘Ideas about temporality are most focused by the event of death.’
- ‘The editing of the film is brilliant; the way he messes around with temporality is brilliant.’
2usually temporalitiesA secular possession, especially the properties and revenues of a religious body or a member of the clergy.‘proposals were put forward in Parliament for appropriating the temporalities of the clergy’
Late Middle English (denoting temporal matters or secular authority): from late Latin temporalitas, from temporalis (see temporal).
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