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temporal (adj) worldly.

Temporal is worldly as opposed to spiritual. That is, anything connected with the real physical world and having no connection with religious or spiritual matters is temporal. Temporal power is the power a person enjoys in this world. Temporal existence is life in this world including comforts, money and power. Anything temporal exists only for a time, long or short.

  • History talks about the temporal achievements of kings and famous people. It talks about their achievements in their worldly life, like conquests, buildings, etc.
  • People forget the temporal nature of human life. They do not realize that life in this world cannot go on forever and that it is limited by time.
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