Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The laity; secular persons; secular affairs.
  • noun A secular possession: a temporality.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete The laity; secular people.
  • noun A secular possession; a temporality.

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  • noun obsolete The laity; secular people.
  • noun obsolete A secular possession; a temporality.

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  • noun the worldly possessions of a church
  • noun in Christianity, members of a religious community that do not have the priestly responsibilities of ordained clergy

Etymologies

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See temporality.

Examples

  • They pay likewise subsidies with the temporalty, but in such sort that if these pay after four shillings for land, the clergy contribute commonly after six shillings of the pound, so that of a benefice of twenty pounds by the year the incumbent thinketh himself well acquitted if, all ordinary payments being discharged, he may reserve thirteen pounds six shillings eightpence towards his own sustentation or maintenance of his family.

    Chronicle and Romance (The Harvard Classics Series)

  • They pay likewise subsidies with the temporalty, but in such sort that if these pay after four shillings for land, the clergy contribute commonly after six shillings of the pound, so that of a benefice of twenty pounds by the year the incumbent thinketh himself well acquitted if, all ordinary payments being discharged, he may reserve thirteen pounds six shillings eightpence towards his own sustentation or maintenance of his family.

    Of the Ancient and Present Estate of the Church of England. Chapter V. [1577, Book II., Chapter 5; 1585, Book II., Chapter 1

  • The two acts for the pardon of the spiritualty and temporalty were passed concurrently.

    Henry VIII.

  • The king is ruled by a common ---- Anne Boleyn, who has made all the spiritualty to be beggared, and the temporalty also.

    The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3)

  • It held good certainly in theory, and to a great extent in practice, against the temporalty as much as against the spiritualty.

    Occasional Papers Selected from the Guardian, the Times, and the Saturday Review, 1846-1890

  • _The securities_ which the Church had were these: First, that the assembling of the Convocation was obviously necessary for the purposes of taxation; secondly and mainly, that the very solemn and fundamental laws by which the jurisdiction of the See of Rome was cut off, assigned to the spiritualty of the realm the care of matters spiritual, as distinctly and formally as to the temporalty the care of matters temporal; and that it was an understood principle, and (as long as it continued) a regular usage of the

    Occasional Papers Selected from the Guardian, the Times, and the Saturday Review, 1846-1890

  • In the autumn of 1522 Wolsey was compelled to have recourse to a loan from both spiritualty and temporalty. [

    Henry VIII.

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