af·​ter·​world ˈaf-tər-ˌwərld How to pronounce afterworld (audio)
: a future world : a world after death

Examples of afterworld in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the two-hour, 20-minute piece, Kahlo is summoned from the afterworld in 1957 by her dying husband, Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, who wants to see her once again on Dia de los Muertos, Mexico’s Day of the Dead, when souls can return to the living world for 24 hours each Nov. 1. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Oct. 2022 These attitudes slowly shifted around 2000 B.C., when commoners were also granted access to the afterworld as long as their body was mummified, and their valuables were placed into the tomb. Donna Sarkar, Discover Magazine, 9 Mar. 2021 If my father's spirit wants to talk to me from the afterworld, then his spirit will have to be the one that reaches out. Ew Staff,, 2 Feb. 2023 For example, such possessions might have been buried with an individual for use in the afterworld. Amber Dance, Discover Magazine, 25 June 2020 Tilda Swinton’s benevolent wood sprite also has a more ambiguous twin, who lives in the afterworld, with a group of poker-playing rabbits as her underlings. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 9 Dec. 2022 The show imagines a future 15 years from now, in which people can live beyond their corporeal bodies by uploading their consciousness into a visual afterworld. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 31 Mar. 2022 On Maui’s west coast is a massive volcanic outcropping called Black Rock, where spirits of the recently deceased are said to leap into the afterworld to join their ancestors. Washington Post, 30 July 2021 Some tombs at Hegra are the final resting places for high-ranking officers and their families, who, according to the writing on their tombs, took the adopted Roman military titles of prefect and centurion to the afterworld with them. Lauren Keith, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History


after- + world entry 1

First Known Use

1596, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of afterworld was in 1596

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“Afterworld.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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