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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

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

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

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

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

Photographers usually want to photograph facts and things. But I'm interested in the nature of the thing itself. A photograph of someone sleeping tells me nothing about their dream state; a photograph of a corpse tells me nothing about the nature of death. My work is about my life as an event, and I find myself to be very temporal, transient.
Duane Michals
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Temporal Translations

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