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n. pl. to·tal·i·ties
1. The quality or state of being total: appalled by the totality of the destruction.
2. An aggregate amount; a sum.
3. The phase of an eclipse when it is total.
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n, pl -ties
1. the whole amount
2. the state of being total
3. (Astronomy) the state or period of an eclipse when light from the eclipsed body is totally obscured
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(toʊˈtæl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. something that is total or constitutes a total; a whole.
2. the state of being total; entirety.
3. Astron. the phase of an eclipse when coverage is total.
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ins and outs All the details of a subject, occurrence, etc.; all there is to know about something, including nuances and subtle particulars. Some say ins originally referred to the party in government, and outs to the opposition? However, the meaning of ins and outs suggests wholeness and entirety because of the conjunction of opposites, regardless of what each opposite signifies. A somewhat literal application of this phrase is in reference to the windings and turnings in a road, and by extension, of less concrete things, such as a plan or course of action.

love me, love my dog A proverbial way of saying “If you love me, you must accept my faults along with my good qualities.” Dog stands for an unpleasant or undesirable but intrinsic part of a person’s character, one that cannot be ignored or avoided. John Heywood used this expression in his Proverbs (1546). It is also said to have been a popular 12th-century Latin proverb from the writings of Saint Bernard: Qui me amat, amet et canem meum.

thread and thrum A whole, a totality; anything taken in its entirety, particularly when such is seen as embracing both positive and negative elements; the good and the bad, the wheat and the chaff, the virtues and the vices. Thread and thrum represents the entire length of warp yarn, including the tuft which fastens it to the loom and which remains so attached when the web is cut off. In Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bottom as Pyramus discovers the blood-stained mantle of his beloved Thisbe and presumes her dead, whereupon he asks the Fates to make the destruction complete:

O Fates! come, come,
Cut thread and thrum,
Quail, crush, conclude, and quell! (V, i)

The above use also plays on the notion that the Fates determine man’s life by spinning, measuring, and cutting its thread at whim. See also threads and thrums, MIXTURE.

the whole ball of wax Any entity taken as a totality; any matter or concern together with its ramifications, implications, and consequences; its components, particulars, and details, etc. No satisfactory explanation or origin for this very common expression has yet been found.

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.totality - the state of being total and completetotality - the state of being total and complete; "he read the article in its entirety"; "appalled by the totality of the destruction"
completeness - the state of being complete and entire; having everything that is needed
full treatment, kit and boodle, kit and caboodle, whole caboodle, whole kit, whole kit and boodle, whole kit and caboodle, whole shebang, whole works, works - everything available; usually preceded by `the'; "we saw the whole shebang"; "a hotdog with the works"; "we took on the whole caboodle"; "for $10 you get the full treatment"
2.totality - the quality of being complete and indiscriminatetotality - the quality of being complete and indiscriminate; "the totality of war and its consequences"; "the all-embracing totality of the state"
generality - the quality of being general or widespread or having general applicability
3.totality - the whole amounttotality - the whole amount      
whole, unit - an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity; "how big is that part compared to the whole?"; "the team is a unit"
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1. entirety, unity, fullness, wholeness, completeness, entireness He did not want to reform the system in its totality.
2. aggregate, whole, entirety, all, total, sum, sum total We must take into consideration the totality of the evidence.
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1. The state of being entirely whole:
2. An amount or quantity from which nothing is left out or held back:
Informal: work (used in plural).
Idioms: everything but the kitchen sink, lock, stock, and barrel, the whole ball of wax.
3. A number or quantity obtained as a result of addition:
Archaic: tale.
4. An organized array of individual elements and parts forming and working as a unit:
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[təʊˈtælɪtɪ] Ntotalidad f
in its totalityen su totalidad
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[təʊˈtæləti] ntotalité f
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nGesamtheit f, → Totalität f (esp Philos); (Astron) → totale Finsternis
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[təʊˈtælɪtɪ] ntotalità f inv
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As a general rule, he can't amount to much in his totality. But the only thing to be considered here, is this --what kind of oil is used at coronations?
Yet it was there, shouting its message of warning through every tissue cell, every nerve quickness and brain sensitivity of him--a totality of sensation that foreboded the ultimate catastrophe of life about which he knew nothing at all, but which, nevertheless, he felt to be the conclusive supreme disaster.
The women farther away continued unsteadily at their work, losing movements to the extent of a minute's set-back to the totality of the efficiency of the fancy-starch room.
It is a strange state of mind; it is like those silences in worship which are not the empty moments of devotion, but the full moments, and which are so because at such times the soul, instead of being polarized, dispersed, localized, in a single impression or thought, feels her own totality and is conscious of herself."
The totality of what Michael had been up to choked the Captain completely.
Unity, totality of effect, is impossible; for besides the few pages last read all that is carried in mind is the mere plot of what has gone before.
I was a lord of thought, the master of my vocabulary and of the totality of my experience, unerringly capable of selecting my data and building my exposition.
She turned a coppery hue, then that portion of her surface which was unobscured as yet grew grey and ashen, and at length, as totality approached, her mountains and her plains were to be seen glowing luridly through a crimson gloom.
There were no words nor semblances in his vocabulary and experience with which to describe the totality of that sound.
In this there was much that reminded me of the specious totality of old wood-work which has rotted for long years in some neglected vault, with no disturbance from the breath of the external air.
As it was, Madame de Bellegarde used to give him news of the dress she meant to wear at his wedding, and which had not yet, in her creative imagination, in spite of many interviews with the tailor, resolved itself into its composite totality. "I told you pale blue bows on the sleeves, at the elbows," she said.
If, to preserve its Unity -- its totality of effect or impression -- we read it (as would be necessary) at a single sitting, the result is but a constant alternation of excitement and depression.