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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 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 However, the afterlife isn’t just a single-player game. Sarah Midkiff,, "Don’t Forget These Faces Because The Cast Of Upload On Amazon Are Gonna Be Stars," 3 May 2020 The afterlife was fraught with peril, too, and the dead had to contend with something of a spiritual obstacle course to reach Rostau, the glorious realm of Osiris, god of death. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "4,000-Year-Old Guide to the Ancient Egyptian Underworld May Be Oldest Illustrated ‘Book’," 1 Jan. 2020 If good mothers live on in some inflorescent afterlife, Gran was on her way. Lauren Depino, New York Times, "The Persistence of May," 8 May 2020 When Tony Stark and Black Widow are keeping us protected in the afterlife37. Kori Williams, Seventeen, "52 Hilarious Marvel Memes That Will Unleash Your Inner Avenger," 20 Apr. 2020 There are few things as sacred in cultures around the world as death and afterlife rituals. Sarah Kopp, Teen Vogue, "Vassar, Other Colleges Under Pressure to Return Native American Remains," 24 Mar. 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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26 May 2020

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“Afterlife.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 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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