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 Reading about the afterlife offers spiritual solace to you., "Horoscope," 13 June 2020 Still, Waugh, who died in 1966, might have been shocked by the next stage in this zombie afterlife. The Economist, "The Flyte club Published 75 years ago, “Brideshead Revisited” set off a lasting cult," 11 June 2020 Ancient Egyptians believed the body had to remain intact to house the soul during the afterlife, and embalming was a mixture of holy rite and medical procedure. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 4 May 2020 The most indelible of these includes the Fejee Mermaid, a three-foot monstrosity composed of the lower half of a large fish stitched to the upper half of a small monkey scowling at the indignity of its afterlife. Nathaniel Rich, The New York Review of Books, "American Humbug," 8 Apr. 2020 Until streaming reached a critical mass, the yardstick for success for a TV series was at least four seasons of 22 episodes that would have an afterlife in syndication or on cable -- which would result in years of royalty payments for a composer. Kathryn Kranhold, Billboard, "TV and Film Composers Say Netflix, Other Streaming Services Insist on Buying Out Their Music Rights," 11 Dec. 2019 Only 2½ months ago, a clear majority of Israeli voters had elected lawmakers promising to usher Netanyahu into the political afterlife. David M. Halbfinger,, "Ending crisis, Israel swears in Netanyahu-led government to rescue economy," 17 May 2020 Souls transported to a kind of blandly social-democratic afterlife? William Deresiewicz, The Atlantic, "The Special Child," 17 May 2020 As the afterlife gets more crowded, the search for space becomes more imperative. Cressida Leyshon, The New Yorker, "Jonathan Lethem on Lucid Dreaming," 11 May 2020

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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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21 Jun 2020

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“Afterlife.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of afterlife

: a life that some people believe exists after death


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Kids Definition of afterlife

: an existence after death

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