im·​mor·​tal·​i·​ty | \ ˌi-ˌmȯr-ˈta-lə-tē How to pronounce immortality (audio) \

Definition of immortality

: the quality or state of being immortal:
a : unending existence
b : lasting fame

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Synonyms for immortality


afterlife, beyond, eternity, hereafter

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Examples of immortality in a Sentence

She believed in the immortality of the soul. He found immortality through his films.

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Like the villains of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels, the Skeksis crave immortality, and are willing to sacrifice anything and anyone to get it. Christian Holub,, "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance," 31 Aug. 2019 Today, a new generation of companies are hawking some approximation of virtual immortality - the opportunity to preserve one's legacy online forever. Peter Holley, Anchorage Daily News, "Virtual afterlife: ‘Hey, Google! Let me talk to my departed father’," 30 Aug. 2019 But to paraphrase my friend Naval Ravikant, technologies this powerful are like a coin with immortality stamped on one side—and annihilation on the other. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "In the not-so-distant future, “synbio” could lead to global catastrophe—maybe," 18 June 2019 Musicians of this caliber are said to have achieved metaphorical immortality. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, "Dr. John’s Reverent Subversion of New Orleans Cliché," 7 June 2019 Now there’s a challenge that might spur an ambitious Quanta reader to achieve OEIS immortality! Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Be Still My Pulsating Sequence’," 25 Nov. 2015 Rebecca Ferguson plays Rose the Hat, the leader of a group called The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality. Clark Collis,, "Doctor Sleep director had to convince Stephen King that film should be in same universe as Kubrick's The Shining," 13 June 2019 Danny soon learns that Abra is on the run from a group called The True Knot, who seek people with the shine power in hopes of gaining immortality. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, "Grown-up Danny is as well adjusted as you'd imagine in 'Shining' sequel trailer," 13 June 2019 In addition to keeping immortality alive in Rosewood and Beacon Heights, Sasha has starred in the recent films The Honor List and Coin Heist. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Meet the Cast of Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, the New Murder-Mystery Thriller," 12 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of immortality

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of immortality

: the quality or state of someone or something that will never die or be forgotten : the quality or state of being immortal


im·​mor·​tal·​i·​ty | \ ˌi-mȯr-ˈta-lə-tē How to pronounce immortality (audio) \

Kids Definition of immortality

1 : the quality or state of living forever : endless life She wished for immortality.
2 : lasting fame or glory

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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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