The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.,
1. Of or pertaining to time, that is, to the present life, or
this world; secular, as distinguished from sacred or
The things which are seen are temporal, but the
things which are not seen are eternal. --2 Cor. iv.
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.