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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For years, Akecheta has suffered through a kind of hellish immortality, recalling memories that the people around him can’t hold onto. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Westworld Season 2 Episode 8 Recap: Take My Heart When You Go," 11 June 2018 Morality and immortality, it must be acknowledged, do not necessarily go hand in hand. Olga Grushin, New York Times, "Portrait of the Artist as a Complete Jerk," 11 Apr. 2018 While some might think the holy grail is the ability to live forever, Guarente isn’t looking for the secret to immortality. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "Can Elysium Health's Basis Pill Change Your Life?," 26 Dec. 2018 After the solstice, Ra would slowly start glowing brighter and stronger, and an evergreen's immortality symbolized the triumph of life over death. Nicol Natale, Woman's Day, "Why Do We Have Christmas Trees?," 15 Nov. 2018 The Man in Black had realized too late that the immortality project was a mistake. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 10: What Is Real?," 25 June 2018 Ged succumbs to these doubts in The Farthest Shore, in which he, now the archmage of Roke, and a young prince named Arren must heal a breach in the universe created by a rogue wizard seeking immortality. Ryu Spaeth, New Republic, "An Education Through Earthsea," 6 Feb. 2018 This is not the first time Dr. Pearson has talked about immortality. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Mankind could have 'electronic immortality' by 2050," 25 July 2018 Last week, things picked up thanks to an episode told almost entirely in flashback that explained the real reason Delos decided to invest in Westworld to begin with (immortality—James Delos wanted to be an immortal robot!). Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "'Westworld' *Finally* Showed Us Shogun World and Revealed That Maeve Is Basically God Now," 21 May 2018

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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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