One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The 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
- ‘The film has a complex interweaving of references and temporalities.’
- ‘Eric's temporality begins to unravel, events from the near future seeping into the present.’
- ‘He switches styles, tone and temporalities with goofy abandon.’
- ‘Life implies change and hence temporality.’
- ‘Blindness is equated with turning away from temporality towards the contemplation of eternity.’
- ‘The themes of spatiality and temporality are strongly reiterated in the festival.’
- ‘The sculpture is a poignant evocation of the essential temporality of human relationships.’
- ‘The editing of the film is brilliant; the way he messes around with temporality is brilliant.’
- ‘What makes instant messaging different to the epistolary romance is the question of temporality.’
- ‘I had an interest in music, text and temporality.’
- ‘The play is fragmented, and constantly shifts in temporality.’
- ‘A new sense of temporality gave human consciousness a decisive role in the shaping of history.’
- ‘This achievement opposes the insignificance and temporality the writer's life.’
- ‘Even our joys, in their temporality, remind us of impermanence.’
- ‘Ideas about temporality are most focused by the event of death.’
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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