afterlife

noun
af·ter·life | \ˈaf-tər-ˌlīf \

Definition of afterlife 

1 : an existence after death

2 : a later period in one's life

3 : a period of continued or renewed use, existence, or popularity beyond what is normal, primary, or expected a TV show with a long afterlife in syndication

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Synonyms & Antonyms for afterlife

Synonyms

afternoon, age, autumn, evening

Antonyms

springtime

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Examples of afterlife in a Sentence

Does he believe in an afterlife? written in afterlife, his memoirs reveal a kinder, more forgiving man

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USA TODAY Sports Writer and producer Joe Mande has a dilemma for Season 3 of The Good Place, an NBC comedy about the afterlife and people who are bad who want to become good. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Jaguars' success creates quandary for 'The Good Place'," 11 Jan. 2018 The orientation of these bodies suggest an association with death and sunrise, the team writes in the study, which could signify the culture that buried them had ideas of reincarnation or an afterlife. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Germany’s “Stonehenge” Reveals Evidence of Human Sacrifice," 30 June 2018 If there’s an afterlife, Harlan is already kicking ass and taking down names.’’ Several of Mr. Ellison’s works were translated into dozens of languages. Richard Sandomir, BostonGlobe.com, "Harlan Ellison, pugnacious and prolific science fiction writer, dies at 84," 30 June 2018 Marian starts talking about ghosts and the afterlife, and Camille becomes furious. Emily Yahr, chicagotribune.com, "'Sharp Objects' premiere features one major difference from Gillian Flynn's novel," 9 July 2018 Rulers were buried with boats, among other objects of value, to assist them in the afterlife, shuttling the dead to the Egyptian underworld Duat and providing a vessel for navigating the rivers that crisscross the subterranean realm of the dead. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "A 3,800-Year-Old Boat-Tomb Was Unearthed in Egypt," 9 Nov. 2016 The research led to the detailing of Chinese burial practices: The caskets contained personal items like tobacco pipes, opium pipes, eyeglasses, and coins to be used in the afterlife, according to Chung. NBC News, "Remains exhumed from forgotten Chinese cemetery reburied after two decades," 4 July 2018 And sacrificial victims earned a special, honored place in the afterlife. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Feeding the gods: Hundreds of skulls reveal massive scale of human sacrifice in Aztec capital," 21 June 2018 The discovery also unearthed an assortment of jugs and dishes, a bronze coin, along with dishes of chicken, rabbit and another animal believed to be a lamb or goat, likely offerings to sustain them in the afterlife. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Construction Workers Find Rare Intact Roman Tomb," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of afterlife

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for afterlife

after- + life entry 1

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afterlife

noun

English Language Learners Definition of afterlife

: a life that some people believe exists after death

afterlife

noun
af·ter·life | \ˈaf-tər-ˌlīf \

Kids Definition of afterlife

: an existence after death

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