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.

Definitions of temporal
  1. adjective
    of or relating to or limited by time
    temporal processing”
    temporal dimensions”
    temporal and spacial boundaries”
    “music is a temporal art”
  2. adjective
    not eternal
    “" temporal matters of but fleeting moment"- F.D.Roosevelt”
    Synonyms:
    impermanent, temporary
    not permanent; not lasting
  3. noun
    the semantic role of the noun phrase that designates the time of the state or action denoted by the verb
    synonyms: temporal role
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    type of:
    participant role, semantic role
    (linguistics) the underlying relation that a constituent has with the main verb in a clause
  4. adjective
    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
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    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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  5. adjective
    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
  6. adjective
    of or relating to the temples (the sides of the skull behind the orbit)
    temporal bone”
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