eternity

noun

eter·​ni·​ty i-ˈtər-nə-tē How to pronounce eternity (audio)
plural eternities
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 In Sandberg’s fantastical compositions, body and environment nearly meld while eternity and mortality diverge. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2024 Is he condemned to spend eternity locating the right flower? Wesley Morris, New York Times, 22 Feb. 2024 Time passed – five minutes, an hour, an eternity – before Bowman reappeared in the waiting room. USA TODAY, 8 Feb. 2024 Perspective Carolyn Hax: Child care from the in-laws was ‘free,’ except for eternity in... Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2024 Atonement would require the sacrifice of three daughters to the mythical reptile for eternity. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Mar. 2024 The parents, Didi (Julia McNeal) and Joe (Harrold Surratt), exit, and the audience sits quietly for what seems a full minute – an eternity in theatre time – so as to adjust to a more human pace. Giovanni René Rodriguez, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 In just the right quantum setting, any arrangement of electrons or atoms would stay put for all eternity — even uneven arrangements thrumming with activity. Charlie Wood, Quanta Magazine, 26 Feb. 2024 The major plot line was Kyle and husband Mauricio Umansky's separation, which the show's been slowly, boringly building to for an eternity. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 21 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Eternity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eternity. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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eternity

noun
eter·​ni·​ty i-ˈtər-nət-ē How to pronounce eternity (audio)
plural eternities
1
: the quality or state of being eternal
2
: endless time
3
: the state after death : immortality
4
: time that seems to be endless

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