af·​ter·​life | \ ˈaf-tər-ˌlīf How to pronounce afterlife (audio) \

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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Examples of afterlife in a Sentence

Does he believe in an afterlife? written in afterlife, his memoirs reveal a kinder, more forgiving man
Recent Examples on the Web The Puritan belief in predestination dictates that salvation is predetermined and that no amount of good works (or bad) will change one’s fate in the afterlife., "In Chris Bohjalian’s latest, accusations of witchcraft," 6 May 2021 Scientists don’t know whether the child’s family or community connected its burial with thoughts of the afterlife. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, "Scientists Discover Oldest Known Human Grave in Africa," 5 May 2021 Placed inside the coffins were miniature wooden boats, games, pottery and tiny gold pieces to carry and use in the afterlife. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, "In the tombs of Saqqara, new discoveries are rewriting ancient Egypt’s history," 22 Apr. 2021 Where did your conception of the afterlife come from? Los Angeles Times, "Q&A: ‘Defending Your Life’ at 30. Why Albert Brooks’ view of afterlife bureaucracy endures," 30 Mar. 2021 To me, 30 years later, Defending Your Life’s version of the afterlife just feels right. Rachel Simon, Vulture, "30 Years Later, Defending Your Life Is Still the Best Movie About the Afterlife," 24 Mar. 2021 This is very important to someone like White, who is deeply invested in the concept of an afterlife, and that humans had souls, and that animals did not. Max G. Levy, Wired, "If You Transplant a Human Head, Does Its Consciousness Follow?," 3 Mar. 2021 Campaigners in Paris, though, have been pressing for years to do something about the Champs-Élysées, named for the Elysian fields, the ancient Greeks’ idea of the afterlife. James Hookway, WSJ, "Paris to Revamp Traffic-Clogged Champs-Élysées as a City Garden," 15 Jan. 2021 But the afterlife of the film has also been so overwhelming and so full of appreciation and love. David Fear, Rolling Stone, "The Year of Magical Drinking: Mads Mikkelsen and Thomas Vinterberg on ‘Another Round’," 15 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of afterlife was in 1589

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17 May 2021

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“Afterlife.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of afterlife

: a life that some people believe exists after death


af·​ter·​life | \ ˈaf-tər-ˌlīf How to pronounce afterlife (audio) \

Kids Definition of afterlife

: an existence after death

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