Definition of Temporalty

1. Noun. The worldly possessions of a church.

Exact synonyms: Temporality
Generic synonyms: Church Property, Spirituality, Spiritualty

2. Noun. In Christianity, members of a religious community that do not have the priestly responsibilities of ordained clergy.
Exact synonyms: Laity
Generic synonyms: Hoi Polloi, Mass, Masses, Multitude, People, The Great Unwashed
Member holonyms: Layman, Layperson, Secular
Antonyms: Clergy
Derivative terms: Lay

Definition of Temporalty

1. n. The laity; secular people.

Definition of Temporalty

1. Noun. (obsolete) The laity; secular people. ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete) A secular possession; a temporality. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Temporalty

temporal veins
temporal venules of retina
temporalis muscle
temporalty (current term)
temporary base
temporary callus
temporary cartilage
temporary denture
temporary expedient
temporary gentleman
temporary hookup
temporary injunction

Literary usage of Temporalty

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Report of the Proceedings by Church congress (1884)
"It deals, as the temporalty, with matters where property or emolument, ... If we allow the Court of the temporalty so to do, we give it a spiritual ..."

2. The History of the Reformation of the Church of England by Gilbert Burnet (1829)
"... had written and. declared for it so much, that it could not flow from 1553* " them decently; and the temporalty being possessed " of the church lands, ..."

3. History of the Church of England from the Abolition of the Roman by Richard Watson Dixon (1884)
"... to be administered, adjudged, and executed by the ministers and judges of the temporalty.t * " In divers sundry old authentic histories and chronicles ..."

4. Select Statutes and Other Constitutional Documents Illustrative of the by George Walter Prothero (1906)
"I. The bishop to rate himself among the temporalty for lands. II. To rate the dean and prebendaries, as the temporalty, for goods from £30 upwards. III. ..."

5. A Cordial for Low Spirits: Being a Collection of Curious Tracts by Thomas Gordon (1763)
"... has not derived from the temporalty in parliament. That the church or clergy, ... by the laity or temporalty; and herein the temporalty has the ..."

6. The Reformation Settlement Examined in the Light of History and Law by Malcolm MacColl (1901)
"... called the temporalty : and both these authorities and jurisdictions do conjoin together in due administration of justice, the one to help the other. ..."

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