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eternity

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noun eter·ni·ty \i-ˈtər-nə-tē\

Simple Definition of eternity

  • : time without an end

  • : a state that comes after death and never ends

  • : time that seems to be without an end

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of eternity

plural eternities

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being eternal

  2. 2 :  infinite time <lasting throughout eternity>

  3. 3 plural :  age 3b

  4. 4 :  the state after death :  immortality

  5. 5 :  a seemingly endless or immeasurable time <an eternity of delays>

Examples of eternity in a sentence

  1. They believed that sinners would spend eternity in hell.

  2. We suffered through an eternity of delays during the lawsuit.



Origin of eternity

Middle English eternite, from Middle French eternité, from Latin aeternitat-, aeternitas, from aeternus


First Known Use: 14th century


ETERNITY Defined for Kids

eternity

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noun eter·ni·ty \i-ˈtər-nə-tē\

Definition of eternity for Students

plural eternities

  1. 1 :  time without end

  2. 2 :  the state after death

  3. 3 :  a period of time that seems endless <I waited an eternity.>





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