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 Rose and Teddy are new companions and co-travellers intending to complete this same journey to the afterlife as part of the scientific study proving the existence of ghosts. Jeff Ewing, Forbes, 17 June 2022 The papyrus may contain verses from the Book of the Dead, which contains spells to help a dead person on their journey to the afterlife. Jason Duaine Hahn,, 31 May 2022 The title sees players navigate a spiritual narrative — where a ferryman shepherds souls to the afterlife — using their own blinking eyes. Trilby Beresford, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Apr. 2022 The album is based on a fantasy: The listener is stuck in traffic in a tunnel to the afterlife, listening to a radio station with a hammy announcer voiced by Jim Carrey. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 11 Jan. 2022 Two restless spirits navigate the afterlife discussing love, loss, identity and regret. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2022 On the other hand, if there is no afterlife—and if there is no heaven, and no God—so what if a shooter ends his unhappy existence with a dramatic, annihilating act of evil? Lance Morrow, WSJ, 25 May 2022 Focussing on pre-Christian and early-Christian literature, Ehrman shows how Homer’s egalitarian afterlife, where all meet the same fate, gave way to Virgil’s version, where an elect few enjoy eternal rewards while the rest suffer torments. The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 This kind of racist opposition to Black rights and Black citizenship is one of the long, lingering legacies and afterlife of slavery in this country. Char Adams, NBC News, 18 May 2022 See More

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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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22 Jun 2022

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“Afterlife.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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

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: an existence after death

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