afterlife

noun
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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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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Taxidermy arose, in Egypt, out of the belief that spirits in the afterlife would only recognize the dead if they were realistically preserved. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Taxidermy Is a Metaphor for Our Time," 21 Aug. 2019 But in the West, Kuti’s Afrobeat has taken on a more nebulous afterlife. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Musician Pushing the Boundaries of African Pop," 26 July 2019 Which, back in the day, was kind of a trashy thing to wear to the afterlife. National Geographic, "Episode 6: Harem Conspiracy Papyrus," 16 July 2019 Ralph Seichi Miyata collapsed in the water and later died, joining her first into the lake and then into the afterlife. Tribune News Service, oregonlive.com, "Man scatters ashes of wife of 64 years at lake, then drops dead in the water," 22 June 2019 The story envisions some form of afterlife, a passage from one plane to another. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, "David Rabe on the Netherworld of Fiction," 1 July 2019 Getty ImagesNBC That said, Michael’s second season midlife (well, mid-afterlife) crisis was a great gateway through which to explore components of existentialism (while simultaneously advancing the plot). Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "How Accurate Is The Good Place's Philosophy?," 31 Jan. 2019 But there is reason to reconsider the traditional reading of the cartoon, which has been overly influenced by the long afterlife of the anti-Jewish imagery pioneered here. The New York Review of Books, "Dark Mirror: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Jewish Iconography," 13 Aug. 2015 Rudolph and Armisen are filming a scene from the third episode, in which their two characters are reunited at their new house in the afterlife. Bryn Elise Sandberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "On the Set of 'Forever' as Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph Delve Into "Haunting" Roles," 14 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce afterlife (audio) \

Kids Definition of afterlife

: an existence after death

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