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