temporal

Our time on earth is limited, or temporal.

Temporal comes from the Latin word temporalis which means "of time" and is usually applied to words that mean not having much of it, such as the temp who works at an office for a set amount of time, because temporary situations don't last long. A less common word, temporality also means having limited time, and it rhymes with mortality! (Don't remind us.) Temporal implies "of this earth," too — temporal boundaries keep us from being able to fly around the clouds, but spiritual beings can zing around at will. Temporal can also refer to temples, the ones on the side of your head that are probably aching by now.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: temporal

1
adjn
of or relating to or limited by time
the semantic role of the noun phrase that designates the time of the state or action denoted by the verb
2
adj
characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world
3
adj
of or relating to the temples (the sides of the skull behind the orbit)
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: temporal
1

adj of or relating to or limited by time

temporal processing”
temporal dimensions”
temporal and spacial boundaries”
“music is a temporal art”

adj not eternal

“" temporal matters of but fleeting moment"- F.D.Roosevelt”
Synonyms
impermanent, temporary
not permanent; not lasting

n the semantic role of the noun phrase that designates the time of the state or action denoted by the verb

Synonyms:
temporal role
Type of:
participant role, semantic role
(linguistics) the underlying relation that a constituent has with the main verb in a clause
2

adj characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world

temporal possessions of the church”
Synonyms:
secular, worldly
earthly
of or belonging to or characteristic of this earth as distinguished from heaven
profane, secular
not concerned with or devoted to religion
sophisticated
having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire
economic
concerned with worldly necessities of life (especially money)
material
concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests
materialistic, mercenary, worldly-minded
marked by materialism
mundane, terrestrial
concerned with the world or worldly matters
Antonyms:
unworldly
not concerned with the temporal world or swayed by mundane considerations
pious
having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity
naif, naive
marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience
anchoritic, eremitic, eremitical, hermitic, hermitical
characterized by ascetic solitude
cloistered, cloistral, conventual, monastic, monastical
of communal life sequestered from the world under religious vows
spiritual, unearthly
concerned with or affecting the spirit or soul
unmercenary
not mercenary; not influenced by financial gains
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adj of this earth or world

temporal joys”
“our temporal existence”
Synonyms
earthly
of or belonging to or characteristic of this earth as distinguished from heaven
3

adj of or relating to the temples (the sides of the skull behind the orbit)

temporal bone”
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