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Temple, Herod's
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Temporal definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

TEM'PORAL, a. [L. temporalis, from tempus, time.]
1. Pertaining to this life or this world or the body only; secular; as temporal concerns; temporal affairs. In this sense, it is opposed to spiritual. Let not temporal affairs or employments divert the mind from spiritual concerns, which are far more important.
In this sense also it is opposed to ecclesiastical; as temporal power, that is, secular, civil or political power; temporal courts, those which take cognizance of civil suits. Temporal jurisdiction is that which regards civil and political affairs.
2. Measured or limited by time, or by this life or this state of things; having limited existence; opposed to eternal.
The things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4.
3. In grammar, relating to a tense; as a temporal augment.
4. Pertaining to the temple or temples of the head; as the temporal bone; a temporal artery or vein; temporal muscle.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: not eternal; "temporal matters of but fleeting moment"- F.D.Roosevelt
2: of or relating to or limited by time; "temporal processing"; "temporal dimensions"; "temporal and spacial boundaries"; "music is a temporal art"
3: of or relating to the temples (the sides of the skull behind the orbit); "temporal bone"
4: characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world; "worldly goods and advancement"; "temporal possessions of the church" [syn: worldly, secular, temporal] [ant: unworldly]
5: of this earth or world; "temporal joys"; "our temporal existence" n
1: the semantic role of the noun phrase that designates the time of the state or action denoted by the verb [syn: temporal role, temporal]

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French temporel, from Latin temporalis, from tempor-, tempus time Date: 14th century 1. a. of or relating to time as opposed to eternity b. of or relating to earthly life c. lay or secular rather than clerical or sacred ; civil <lords temporal> 2. of or relating to grammatical tense or a distinction of time 3. a. of or relating to time as distinguished from space b. of or relating to the sequence of time or to a particular time ; chronological temporally adverb II. noun Etymology: Middle French, from temporal, adjective Date: 1541 a temporal part (as a bone or muscle) III. adjective Etymology: Middle French, from Late Latin temporalis, from Latin tempora temples Date: 1597 of or relating to the temples or the sides of the skull behind the orbits

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. 1 of worldly as opposed to spiritual affairs; of this life; secular. 2 of or relating to time. 3 Gram. relating to or denoting time or tense (temporal conjunction). 4 of the temples of the head (temporal artery; temporal bone). Phrases and idioms: temporal power the power of an ecclesiastic, esp. the Pope, in temporal matters. Derivatives: temporally adv. Etymology: ME f. OF temporel or f. L temporalis f. tempus -oris time

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Temporal Tem"po*ral, n. Anything temporal or secular; a temporality; -- used chiefly in the plural. --Dryden. He assigns supremacy to the pope in spirituals, and to the emperor or temporals. --Lowell.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Temporal Tem"po*ral, a. [L. temporalis, fr. tempora the temples: cf. F. temporal. See Temple a part of the head.] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the temple or temples; as, the temporal bone; a temporal artery. Temporal bone, a very complex bone situated in the side of the skull of most mammals and containing the organ of hearing. It consists of an expanded squamosal portion above the ear, corresponding to the squamosal and zygoma of the lower vertebrates, and a thickened basal petrosal and mastoid portion, corresponding to the periotic and tympanic bones of the lower vertebrates.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Temporal Tem"po*ral, a. [L. temporalis, fr. tempus, temporis, time, portion of time, the fitting or appointed time: cf. F. temporel. Cf. Contemporaneous, Extempore, Temper, v. t., Tempest, Temple a part of the head, Tense, n., Thing.] 1. Of or pertaining to time, that is, to the present life, or this world; secular, as distinguished from sacred or eternal. The things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. --2 Cor. iv. 18. Is this an hour for temporal affairs? --Shak. 2. Civil or political, as distinguished from ecclesiastical; as, temporal power; temporal courts. Lords temporal. See under Lord, n. Temporal augment. See the Note under Augment, n. Syn: Transient; fleeting; transitory.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. Temporal powers or matters relate to ordinary institutions and activities rather than to religious or spiritual ones. (FORMAL) ...the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people. = secular ? spiritual ADJ: ADJ n 2. Temporal means relating to time. (FORMAL) One is also able to see how specific acts are related to a temporal and spatial context... ADJ: ADJ n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Worldly, terrestrial, mundane, secular, of this world, of this life. 2. Transient, fleeting, temporary, transitory. 3. Civil, political.

Moby Thesaurus

Philistine, annalistic, banausic, bodily, brittle, calendarial, calendric, capricious, carnal, carnal-minded, changeable, chronogrammatic, chronographic, chronologic, chronological, chronoscopic, civil, congregational, continuous, corporal, corporeal, corruptible, dated, deciduous, diaristic, durational, durative, dying, earthly, earthy, ephemeral, evanescent, fading, fickle, fleeting, fleshly, flitting, fly-by-night, flying, fragile, frail, fugacious, fugitive, horologic, hylic, impermanent, impetuous, impulsive, inconstant, insubstantial, intercalary, intercalated, laic, laical, lasting, lay, material, materialistic, materiate, metronomic, momentary, mortal, mundane, mutable, nonclerical, nondurable, nonecclesiastical, nonministerial, nonordained, nonpastoral, nonpermanent, nonreligious, nonsacred, nonspiritual, passing, perishable, physical, popular, profane, reprobate, secular, secularist, secularistic, sensual, short-lived, somatic, substantial, temporary, terrene, terrestrial, timekeeping, transient, transitive, transitory, unblessed, undurable, unenduring, unhallowed, unholy, unregenerate, unsacred, unsanctified, unspiritual, unstable, volatile, worldly


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