Definitions of temporal

  1. of or relating to or limited by time; " temporal processing"; " temporal dimensions"; " temporal and spacial boundaries"; " music is a temporal art"
  2. the semantic role of the noun phrase that designating the time of the state or action denoted by the verb
  3. of this earth or world; " temporal joys"; " our temporal existence"
  4. not eternal; " temporal matters of but fleeting moment"- F. D. Roosevelt
  5. concerned with secular rather than sacred matters; " lords temporal and spiritual"
  6. of the material world; " temporal possessions of the church"
  7. Of or pertaining to the temple or temples; as, the temporal bone; a temporal artery.
  8. Of or pertaining to time, that is, to the present life, or this world; secular, as distinguished from sacred or eternal.
  9. Civil or political, as distinguished from ecclesiastical; as, temporal power; temporal courts.
  10. Anything temporal or secular; a temporality; - used chiefly in the plural.
  11. Not eternal or everlasting; pertaining to the present life; secular; of the world; as, temporal affairs, such as business and pleasure; relating to civil or political matters, as distinct from religious.
  12. Temporality.
  13. Relating to time; limited in time, temporary. 2. Relating to the temple.
  14. Pertaining to the temple.
  15. Pertaining to the temples.
  16. Pertaining to time, esp. to this life or world, opposed to eternal: worldly, secular, or civil, opposed to sacred or ecclesiastical.
  18. Pertaining to the temples of the head; pertaining to this life; worldly; secular.
  19. Secular; earthly; transient.
  20. Pertaining to or situated at the temple or temples.
  21. Pertaining to this life or this world; secular; measured or limited by time; having limited existence; pertaining to the temple or temples of the head; relating to a tense, as a temporal augment.
  22. A temporality.
  23. Belonging to the temples.
  24. Pert. to this life, this world, or the body only; worldly; secular; not eternal; measured or limited by time or by this life.
  25. Or in the region of, the temples.

Usage examples for temporal

  1. The things that are seen are temporal while the things that are not seen are eternal. – Italy, the Magic Land by Lilian Whiting
  2. I will strive, with my best strength, for the spiritual and temporal good of our community. – From-Twice-Told-Tales by Hawthorne, Nathaniel
  3. Wiser than that of temporal kings, his Jewish policy had always been comparatively mild. – Dreamers of the Ghetto by I. Zangwill
  4. There is a sure sign of this in their dividing themselves into two persons, an eternal and a temporal and always caring either only for the one or only for the other, on Sunday for the eternal, on the work- day for the temporal in prayer for the former, in work for the latter. – The Ego and His Own by Max Stirner
  5. This event stirred the entire colony profoundly, and as the action of the friars was so clearly contrary to their own temporal interests as to place the sincerity of their convictions and the purity of their motive beyond question, a certain revulsion in public sentiment began to manifest itself. – Bartholomew de Las Casas; his life, apostolate, and writings by Francis Augustus MacNutt
  6. But the temporal dominion, my friend, should be with Romans only. – Rienzi by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  7. The beast represents the temporal power by which it has been supported. – The Woman's Bible Part I. Comments on Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Part II. Comments on the Old and New Testaments from Joshua to Revelation. by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  8. But without his books and records, he could never build an antigrav unit, and the secret of the " temporal shift" was lost. – Flight From Tomorrow by Henry Beam Piper
  9. He seldom went to church but because it was the fashion, and, when there, seldom spared a thought from his own temporal concerns, to a future state and a governing Deity. – Jane Talbot by Charles Brockden Brown
  10. He is to deal with the unfortunate rather than with the exceptional cases of humanity; for all these are children whom the Father of the race, in his providence, has confided to earthly parents to be educated for a temporal and an immortal existence. – Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions by George S. Boutwell
  11. On the other hand, they would have obtained all those temporal advantages at the expense of their faith, which no one had a right to take from them; in their opinion, and in that of millions of their fellow- Catholics, they would have forfeited their right to heaven, and the Irish have always been unreasonable enough to prefer heaven to earth. – Irish Race in the Past and the Present by Aug. J. Thebaud
  12. If we stay within the sphere of temporal and worldly things, some are great, some small, some things of greater, some things of less consequence, greater or smaller in their appearance to us, and in men’ s fancies. – The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning by Hugh Binning
  13. " You are right," said Pendennyss; " it is wonderful how little our happiness depends on a temporal condition. – Precaution by James Fenimore Cooper
  14. I know not, unless such as have apprehended the urwahr- the essential truth, which throws all temporal considerations into the shade. – The Growth of Thought As Affecting the Progress of Society by William Withington
  15. One day, then, Ward, still making desperate efforts to get back his despised authority, was preaching on the beauty of subordination, the present lax spirit of the age, and the necessity of obeying our spiritual and temporal rulers. – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  16. Your duty, your interest, your temporal and your eternal welfare, do, and may all, depend upon this single point, the morality of a husband. – Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9) History Of A Young Lady by Samuel Richardson
  17. But what was wanted just now was an immediate decision, Yes or No, whether she wished to enter into eternal joy by way of temporal self- denial or not. – Seven Legends by Gottfried Keller
  18. We forget that they and we usually approach things temporal and spiritual from opposite sides. – India’s Problem Krishna or Christ by John P. Jones
  19. But God’ s people shall have him engaged in their need for their temporal being here in this world. – The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning by Hugh Binning
  20. Mr. Justice Stephen said well, that no temporal punishment should be inflicted for blasphemy unless it led to a breach of the peace. – Prisoner for Blasphemy by G. W. [George William] Foote