Definition of temporality in English:



  • 1The state of existing within or having some relationship with time.

    • ‘I had an interest in music, text and temporality.’
    • ‘The sculpture is a poignant evocation of the essential temporality of human relationships.’
    • ‘The play is fragmented, and constantly shifts in temporality.’
    • ‘Life implies change and hence temporality.’
    • ‘The editing of the film is brilliant; the way he messes around with temporality is brilliant.’
    • ‘Ideas about temporality are most focused by the event of death.’
    • ‘Eric's temporality begins to unravel, events from the near future seeping into the present.’
    • ‘Blindness is equated with turning away from temporality towards the contemplation of eternity.’
    • ‘The film has a complex interweaving of references and temporalities.’
    • ‘The themes of spatiality and temporality are strongly reiterated in the festival.’
    • ‘He switches styles, tone and temporalities with goofy abandon.’
    • ‘What makes instant messaging different to the epistolary romance is the question of temporality.’
    • ‘Even our joys, in their temporality, remind us of impermanence.’
    • ‘This achievement opposes the insignificance and temporality the writer's life.’
    • ‘A new sense of temporality gave human consciousness a decisive role in the shaping of history.’
    impermanence, temporality, transience, ephemerality, impermanency, perishability
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  • 2A 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).