infinitude

noun
in·​fin·​i·​tude | \ in-ˈfi-nə-ˌtüd How to pronounce infinitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd \

Definition of infinitude

1 : the quality or state of being infinite : infiniteness
2 : something that is infinite especially in extent
3 : an infinite number or quantity

Examples of infinitude in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Morons are generally not thinking about the infinitude of the universe. David Marchese, New York Times, "Yo-Yo Ma and the Meaning of Life," 20 Nov. 2020 That’s what these boxes felt like, slices of infinitude, as if light were a creature, and this was one of its natural habitats. Leslie Jamison, The Atlantic, "The Beating Pulse of Donald Judd," 31 Aug. 2020 Judd’s installations revealed ways of carving up the world that could hold its infinitude rather than stifling it. Leslie Jamison, The Atlantic, "The Beating Pulse of Donald Judd," 31 Aug. 2020 Paulo Ribenboim cataloged at least 7 proofs of the infinitude of primes. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematicians Will Never Stop Proving the Prime Number Theorem," 22 July 2020 This merciless, unrelenting enlightenment is one way to describe the infinitude of these hundred screens—displaying so much humanity, and also suggesting all the humanity beyond their edges. Leslie Jamison, The New York Review of Books, "Other Voices, Other Rooms," 29 Apr. 2020 Yoga, alone, has mushroomed into an infinitude of types, some costly. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Death of running boom is greatly exaggerated, Detroit event organizers say," 9 Mar. 2020 All the forces of maximal freedom are also forces of anxiety, because anybody who feels obligated to select the ingredients of a perfect life from an infinite menu of options may feel lost in the infinitude. Heather Wilhelm, National Review, "Be Yourself, the Screen Commanded," 25 July 2019 Chaos, in other words — the infinitude of random things that can reach out and take us at any second. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "Tarantino is at the top of his form with ‘Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood’," 24 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'infinitude.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of infinitude

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for infinitude

borrowed from French & New Latin; French, going back to Middle French, borrowed from New Latin infīnītūdō, from Latin infīnītus "indefinite, having no limit, infinite entry 1" + -ūdō, extracted from -tūdō -tude (taking the -t- as the termination of a participle or adjective)

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about infinitude

Time Traveler for infinitude

Time Traveler

The first known use of infinitude was in 1641

See more words from the same year

Statistics for infinitude

Last Updated

4 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Infinitude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infinitude. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

More from Merriam-Webster on infinitude

Nglish: Translation of infinitude for Spanish Speakers

Comments on infinitude

What made you want to look up infinitude? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words of Snow and Ice Quiz

  • image1037863653
  • Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!