Definition of totality in English:



  • 1The whole of something.

    ‘the totality of their current policies’
    • ‘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 key to our reformation will be a positive and receptive attitude toward the totality of the human experience.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It doesn't mean he can't, or shouldn't, be investigated for the totality of his behavior.’
    • ‘The Roman state was false and anti-Christian precisely because it wanted to be the totality of human capacity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is the international system of currency that determines the totality of life on this planet!’
    • ‘He posed once the idea to me that the whole, the totality of the universe is just perception.’
    • ‘At an early age, before he had experienced life in its natural totality, he embarked upon an odyssey charted out for him by others.’
    • ‘Each of these requirements is worthy, even noble, but in their totality they should be cause for alarm.’
    • ‘Well, let us indeed examine the totality of the Prime Minister's words and deeds, and discover how we came by this misunderstanding.’
    • ‘But this is not the totality of the number of failures in the war on terror.’
    • ‘‘Any concerns are heavily outweighed by the totality of the positive benefits,’ he said.’
    • ‘Let there be safeguards by all means, but these should not be in the totality that they currently are.’
    • ‘The American people will make a judgment on the totality of those issues.’
    • ‘Each social construction is then part of a larger whole - a totality.’
    • ‘But the totality of their successes can't be put down to running slick campaigns.’
    • ‘So I expect the totality of the statement will be along those lines saying look, this is a sham and here is why.’
    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.
      • ‘Only the eastern coast of North America will see the eclipse totality, as the Moon rises.’
      • ‘To get totality, the Moon must be near enough and the Sun far enough such that the lunar disk can completely block the Sun.’
      • ‘At totality, the moon hides the sun for anything up to seven minutes.’
      • ‘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.’