eternity

noun
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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Four years are an eternity in soccer, but Kylian Mbappé’s career could be long enough and glittering enough to constitute its own era. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 6 Sep. 2022 Five months in the life of this crisis is an eternity. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, 25 June 2022 But regardless of how the numbers shake out, five years is an eternity in mainstream hip-hop, but Lamar is important enough to command attention even after that waiting game. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 24 May 2022 Canada’s next federal election is expected in 2025, which in the world of politics is an eternity. New York Times, 11 May 2022 After all, what is the purpose of a museum — a thoroughly modern invention — but to function as a mechanism to preserve art objects for an eternity? Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2022 And now, with the innovative use of the motif with diamonds, the pattern is confirmed as synonymous with eternity. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 15 July 2022 Although time was still widely regarded as fluid and coterminous with eternity, the monastery was governed by the rhythms of that most modern instrument: the clock. Meghan O’gieblyn, Harper’s Magazine , 4 Jan. 2022 Westworld season 5 has not been officially confirmed by HBO, so here's hoping viewers aren't left dangling on this cliffhanger for eternity. Nick Romano, EW.com, 15 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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26 Sep 2022

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“Eternity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eternity. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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eternity

noun
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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