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Definition of afterworld

: a future world : a world after death

Examples of afterworld in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Each is a high-concept comedy set in an afterworld with design flaws and equally flawed but charming staff. Austin Considine, New York Times, 22 Apr. 2020 There are no listeners in the afterworld, or post-departure messages to be given and received. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, 20 Mar. 2020 Such a discovery adds to growing indications of an association among many cultures of cannabis with the afterworld and death, says Mark Merlin, professor of botany at the University of Hawaii, who was not involved in conducting this study. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, 12 June 2019 Twilight has fallen on the venerable American trickster, who in our Trumpian afterworld of alternative facts has come to seem more sordid than subversive. Julian Lucas, New York Times, 2 May 2018 Soon enough, the high-foreheaded mutineer is lashed to a fence, snarling madly like all the other post-death humans in this plague smitten afterworld. Steve Johnson,, 9 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of afterworld

1596, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for afterworld

after- + world entry 1

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“Afterworld.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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