eter·​ni·​ty | \ i-ˈtər-nə-tē How to pronounce eternity (audio) \
plural eternities

Definition of eternity

1 : the quality or state of being eternal
2 : infinite time lasting throughout eternity
3 eternities plural : age sense 3b
4 : the state after death : immortality
5 : a seemingly endless or immeasurable time an eternity of delays

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Examples of eternity in a Sentence

They believed that sinners would spend eternity in hell. We suffered through an eternity of delays during the lawsuit.

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After all, Porsche had just fitted magnesium wheels to the GT2 RS, which cut 0.6 seconds off his lap times, an eternity at this level of driving. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Driving the Porsche GT3 RS and GT2 RS, the New Quickest Production Cars," 5 Apr. 2019 Nineteen months from Election Day, a political eternity during which plenty can change, Democrats are looking at Plan B in Senate races around the country. Alan Fram, The Seattle Times, "For ’20 Dems, more targets but uphill slog to win Senate," 31 Mar. 2019 The synth-y, pop-heavy songs create the perfect breakup mix that people everywhere will by jamming to for the rest of eternity. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Signs That Ariana Grande’s “Ghostin” Lyrics Are About Mac Miller and Pete Davidson," 8 Feb. 2019 Don’t worry, there’s a new planet hunter: meet TESS Now out of fuel, Kepler will remain in its orbit, which is around 400 times farther from us than the moon, for eternity. Brian Resnick, Vox, "NASA retired Kepler, a telescope that discovered thousands of worlds beyond our solar system," 1 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, Tate is also probably still trying to win back Violet Harmon's affections (potentially buoyed by the fact that they're trapped together in the house for eternity). Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Classic "American Horror Story" Characters Are Coming Back for "Apocalypse"," 31 Aug. 2018 Just excruciating, horrible, liver eating over and over for eternity. Gary Thompson,, "Think these movies are too gory? The Greek myths they're based on are worse," 12 July 2018 The prospect of eternity stretching out, with nothing to do but trying different goofy things to pass the time, is theoretically perfect for a sitcom. Eric Thurm, Esquire, "The Good Place Is Like No Other Comedy on Television–And That's a Great Thing," 18 Jan. 2018 That’s a marked change from Bungie’s last split, which saw Microsoft retaining ownership of Halo for all eternity. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Bungie divorces Activision, Epic gives our favorite game of 2017 away for free," 11 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of eternity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for eternity

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

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English Language Learners Definition of eternity

: time without an end
: a state that comes after death and never ends
: time that seems to be without an end


eter·​ni·​ty | \ i-ˈtər-nə-tē How to pronounce eternity (audio) \
plural eternities

Kids Definition of eternity

1 : time without end
2 : the state after death
3 : a period of time that seems endless I waited an eternity.

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