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Definition of Temporal

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

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

I remember as a kid having a balloon and accidentally letting the string go and watching it just float off and into the sky until it disappeared. And there's something about that, even, that feels very much like what life is, you know, that it's fleeting, and it's temporal.
Pete Docter

In the early days of the New England colonies, no more embarrassing or hampering condition, no greater temporal ill, could befall any adult Puritan than to be unmarried.
Alice Morse Earle

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

Realize that illness and other temporal setbacks often come to us from the hand of God our Lord, and are sent to help us know ourselves better, to free ourselves of the love of created things, and to reflect on the brevity of this life and, thus, to prepare ourselves for the life which is without end.
Saint Ignatius
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Temporal Translations

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