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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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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The first known use of eternity was in the 14th century

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28 Jul 2021

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“Eternity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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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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