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Definition of Temporal


  1. Of or pertaining to the temple or temples; as, the temporal bone; a temporal artery.
  2. Of or pertaining to time, that is, to the present life, or this world; secular, as distinguished from sacred or eternal.
  3. Civil or political, as distinguished from ecclesiastical; as, temporal power; temporal courts.
  4. Anything temporal or secular; a temporality; -- used chiefly in the plural.

Temporal Quotations

The Dalai Lama is just a temporal leader of Tibet.
Dalai Lama

Make friends with the angels, who though invisible are always with you. Often invoke them, constantly praise them, and make good use of their help and assistance in all your temporal and spiritual affairs.
Saint Francis de Sales

Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.
Ludwig Wittgenstein

You are priests, not social or political leaders. Let us not be under the illusion that we are serving the Gospel through an exaggerated interest in the wide field of temporal problems.
Pope John Paul II

Time is not a thing, thus nothing which is, and yet it remains constant in its passing away without being something temporal like the beings in time.
Martin Heidegger
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Temporal Translations

temporal in German is zeitlich
temporal in Latin is terrenus-a-um

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