eternity

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noun eter·ni·ty \i-ˈtər-nə-tē\

Definition of eternity

plural

eternities

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being eternal

  2. 2 :  infinite time lasting throughout eternity

  3. 3 eternities plural :  age 3b

  4. 4 :  the state after death :  immortality

  5. 5 :  a seemingly endless or immeasurable time an eternity of delays

Examples of eternity in a Sentence

  1. They believed that sinners would spend eternity in hell.

  2. We suffered through an eternity of delays during the lawsuit.

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Origin and Etymology of eternity

Middle English eternite, from Middle French eternité, from Latin aeternitat-, aeternitas, from aeternus


First Known Use: 14th century


ETERNITY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of eternity for English Language Learners

  • : time without an end

  • : a state that comes after death and never ends

  • : time that seems to be without an end


ETERNITY Defined for Kids

eternity

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noun eter·ni·ty \i-ˈtər-nə-tē\

Definition of eternity for Students

plural

eternities

  1. 1 :  time without end

  2. 2 :  the state after death

  3. 3 :  a period of time that seems endless I waited an eternity.



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