temporal

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From Middle English temporal, from Old French temporal, from Latin temporalis, from tempus (season, time, opportunity).

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temporal (comparative more temporal, superlative most temporal)

  1. Of or relating to time.
  2. Of limited time; not perpetual.
    • Bible, 2 Corinthians iv. 18
      The things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
  3. Of or relating to the material world, as opposed to spiritual.
    • 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin 2012, p. 166:
      Not long before, he had ruefully acknowledged in a letter to his pious mother that most of his appointments to the bench of bishops had been motivated by distinctly temporal impulses.
  4. Lasting a short time only.
  5. Civil or political, as distinguished from ecclesiastical.
    temporal power; temporal courts
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temporal (plural temporals)

  1. (chiefly in the plural) Anything temporal or secular; a temporality.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
    • Lowell
      He assigns supremacy to the pope in spirituals, and to the emperor in temporals.

Etymology 2[edit]

From New Latin temporalis, from Latin tempora (the temples), plural of tempus (temple, head, face).

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temporal (comparative more temporal, superlative most temporal)

  1. of the temples of the head
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temporal (plural temporals)

  1. (anatomy) Either of the bones on the side of the skull, near the ears.
  2. Any of a reptile's scales on the side of the head between the parietal and supralabial scales, and behind the postocular scales.
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temporal m, f (plural temporais)

  1. temporal, pertaining to time
  2. temporal, pertaining to the temples of the head
  3. (grammar) of a grammatical case in Hungarian

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temporal m (plural temporais)

  1. (anatomy) the temporal bone

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Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin temporalis, from Latin tempus (time)

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temporal (masculine temporal; feminine temporal; neuter temporalt; plural temporale;comparative mer temporal; superlative mest temporal)

  1. temporal (related to time)
  2. temporal (related to the temples)

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin temporālis (temporal), from tempus (season, time, opportunity), from Proto-Indo-European *tempos (stretch).

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temporal m, f (plural temporais; uncomparable)

  1. temporal (relating to time)
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Etymology 2[edit]

From tempo (weather).

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temporal m (plural temporais)

  1. downpour; heavy rain
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Etymology 3[edit]

From têmpora (temple of the head).

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temporal m (plural temporais)

  1. temporal bone
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Spanish[edit]

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temporal m, f (plural temporales)

  1. temporary

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temporal m (plural temporales)

  1. storm

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