Definition of totality in English:



  • 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.’
    • ‘It is the international system of currency that determines the totality of life on this planet!’
    • ‘I could imagine the whole of Arcadia slowing slightly as it processed my totality, my thoughts.’
    • ‘It doesn't mean he can't, or shouldn't, be investigated for the totality of his behavior.’
    • ‘Let there be safeguards by all means, but these should not be in the totality that they currently are.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each social construction is then part of a larger whole - a totality.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The American people will make a judgment on the totality of those issues.’
    • ‘The key to our reformation will be a positive and receptive attitude toward the totality of the human experience.’
    • ‘Each of these requirements is worthy, even noble, but in their totality they should be cause for alarm.’
    • ‘So I expect the totality of the statement will be along those lines saying look, this is a sham and here is why.’
    • ‘‘Any concerns are heavily outweighed by the totality of the positive benefits,’ he said.’
    • ‘Yoga is then not just exercise and stretches, but encompasses the totality of the whole person.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He posed once the idea to me that the whole, the totality of the universe is just perception.’
    • ‘But the totality of their successes can't be put down to running slick campaigns.’
    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.’
      • ‘To get totality, the Moon must be near enough and the Sun far enough such that the lunar disk can completely block the Sun.’
      • ‘The Moon sets during totality from East Africa, the Middle East and central Asia.’
      • ‘At totality, the moon hides the sun for anything up to seven minutes.’
      • ‘Only the eastern coast of North America will see the eclipse totality, as the Moon rises.’