im·mor·tal·i·ty | \ˌi-ˌmȯr-ˈta-lə-tē \

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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The belief that science and technology can unlock the secrets of immortality has a rich history in Russia. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "The Mystics Seeking Eternal Life Through Liquid Nitrogen," 22 June 2018 Your information will be used as described in our Privacy Policy NEW YORK — Justify defied all the odds on his way to achieving Triple Crown immortality. Beth Harris, Houston Chronicle, "Justify wins Belmont Stakes to become 13th Triple Crown champ," 9 June 2018 In Blake Lively's latest film, Age of Adaline, the actress' immortality allows her to live life through various decades. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exclusive: Blake Lively's 'Age of Adaline' Poster," 11 Mar. 2015 Let the ruins, perched high above Madrid, serve as a warning to a nation riven by enmity and to any citizen who might wish for a dictator like Franco, a murderous strongman who would try to wring immortality from a shrine full of the dead. Matías Costa, Smithsonian, "The Battle Over the Memory of the Spanish Civil War," 28 June 2018 And the ageless right-hander is two wins from Latin American immortality. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Bartolo Colon grinds his way to historic win," 19 June 2018 Yearbooks by their nature were always intended for immortality, to forever capture moments that would never come again. Billy Baker,, "Your high school yearbook is going online," 5 July 2018 Moon also employs several of her iconic cultural images, such as the peach, identified in Chinese mythology as a symbol of immortality, and the fortune cookie — which actually originated in California but is identified as Chinese. Matthew J. Palm,, "Take home art by Jiha Moon at Mennello special events," 3 July 2018 At the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, athletes will receive gold, silver and bronze medals forged from recycled e-waste — emblems of a world in which e-waste can take on the sheen of immortality. New York Times, "E-Waste Offers an Economic Opportunity as Well as Toxicity," 5 July 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 \

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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one that holds something together

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