Definition of totality in English:

totality

nounPlural totalities

  • 1The whole of something.

    ‘the totality of their current policies’
    • ‘At an early age, before he had experienced life in its natural totality, he embarked upon an odyssey charted out for him by others.’
    • ‘Let there be safeguards by all means, but these should not be in the totality that they currently are.’
    • ‘Each of these requirements is worthy, even noble, but in their totality they should be cause for alarm.’
    • ‘Each social construction is then part of a larger whole - a totality.’
    • ‘It is the international system of currency that determines the totality of life on this planet!’
    • ‘So I expect the totality of the statement will be along those lines saying look, this is a sham and here is why.’
    • ‘The key to our reformation will be a positive and receptive attitude toward the totality of the human experience.’
    • ‘It doesn't mean he can't, or shouldn't, be investigated for the totality of his behavior.’
    • ‘He posed once the idea to me that the whole, the totality of the universe is just perception.’
    • ‘Many people will have seen some of the photos and footage of these areas, but it is still hard to be fully prepared for the totality of the devastation.’
    • ‘But the totality of their successes can't be put down to running slick campaigns.’
    • ‘Goodness knows what horrid things he saw and I fear that there's no knowing the totality or the extent of the images that remained in his memories.’
    • ‘I could imagine the whole of Arcadia slowing slightly as it processed my totality, my thoughts.’
    • ‘The American people will make a judgment on the totality of those issues.’
    • ‘The Roman state was false and anti-Christian precisely because it wanted to be the totality of human capacity.’
    • ‘Well, let us indeed examine the totality of the Prime Minister's words and deeds, and discover how we came by this misunderstanding.’
    • ‘‘Any concerns are heavily outweighed by the totality of the positive benefits,’ he said.’
    • ‘But this is not the totality of the number of failures in the war on terror.’
    • ‘Certainly it would be worrying if students were being taught that these aspects are the totality of what literature has to offer.’
    • ‘Yoga is then not just exercise and stretches, but encompasses the totality of the whole person.’
    entirety, entireness, wholeness, fullness, completeness, inclusiveness, unity
    aggregate, whole, total, sum, sum total, entirety, beginning and end, alpha and omega, be-all and end-all
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    1. 1.1Astronomy The moment or duration of total obscuration of the sun or moon during an eclipse.
      • ‘As the eclipse reached totality that had fallen to just 83 degrees.’
      • ‘The Moon sets during totality from East Africa, the Middle East and central Asia.’
      • ‘Only the eastern coast of North America will see the eclipse totality, as the Moon rises.’
      • ‘At totality, the moon hides the sun for anything up to seven minutes.’
      • ‘To get totality, the Moon must be near enough and the Sun far enough such that the lunar disk can completely block the Sun.’

Phrases

  • in its totality

    • As a whole.

      ‘a deeper exploration of life in its totality’
      • ‘Reality may be socially constructed, but, taken in its totality, it is not the work of any nameable individual and it certainly has little or nothing to do with any one of us.’
      • ‘That, in its totality, is life; it is not life if one somnambulates through the whole thing, or tries to stay young forever, or mature quickly.’
      • ‘Adorno's case for Cubist painting illustrates how the object can only be understood in its totality once it has fallen from its unity and reduced to fragments.’
      • ‘First, they fail to inspect the current movement of capital in its totality or in its essence, instead fastening upon just one of its phenomenal forms: brands.’
      • ‘But you haven't read the book in its totality and you have to read the book in its totality.’
      • ‘But the film, combining the theme of adoption and the refugee problem in Sri Lanka, appears to have satisfied audiences in its totality.’
      • ‘This is the first time that this is being enacted in its totality within the prison over a period of three days, though a day-long performance was held last year.’
      • ‘What we need is for all of this evidence to be allowed in all at once because when you take it in its totality there is no denying you have an innocent man in prison.’
      • ‘Which, in its totality, made for wonderful theatre.’
      • ‘The sovereign creates and guarantees the situation as a whole in its totality.’

Pronunciation

totality

/tə(ʊ)ˈtalɪti/