Tem`po*ral"i*ty (?), n.; pl. Temporalities (#). [L. temporalitas, in LL., possessions of the church: cf. F. temporalit'e.]

1.

The state or quality of being temporary; -- opposed to perpetuity.

2.

The laity; temporality.

[Obs.]

Sir T. More.

3.

That which pertains to temporal welfare; material interests; especially, the revenue of an ecclesiastic proceeding from lands, tenements, or lay fees, tithes, and the like; -- chiefly used in the plural.

Supreme head, . . . under God, of the spirituality and temporality of the same church. Fuller.

 

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