pos·​ter·​i·​ty | \ pä-ˈster-ə-tē How to pronounce posterity (audio) \

Definition of posterity

1 : the offspring of one progenitor to the furthest generation
2 : all future generations

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Synonyms for posterity


fruit, get, issue, offspring, progeny, seed, spawn

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Examples of posterity in a Sentence

Her broad aim is to reconcile the image of Johnson—the clubbable man, loved by posterity as well as by his contemporaries—and the man racked by disease and tormented by his fear of madness. — Frank Kermode, New York Review of Books, 22 June 2006 Posterity looks for hooks to hang old reputations on … — John Updike, New York Review of Books, 15 July 2004 The restructuring of the New York Yankees began five days after that broken-bat bloop by Luis Gonzalez parachuted to posterity behind second base, clinching the World Series for the Arizona Diamondbacks and breaking the Yankees' run of three titles. — Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated, 24-31 Dec. 2001 It was puzzling to own trees—they were not owned the way a business is owned or even a house is owned. If anything, they were held in trust. In trust. Yes, for all of posterity, beginning with Merry and her kids. — Philip Roth, American Pastoral, 1997 Posterity will remember her as a woman of courage and integrity. A record of the events was preserved for posterity. The truth about what happened will be known to posterity.
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At a subsequent reunion, the same veteran encouraged many of his fellow Marines to sign it for posterity. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "National effort to gather signatures of WWII veterans who fought at Iwo Jima now includes a Lincolnwood resident," 25 June 2019 The researchers add that there are early discussions with the ranch owner on how best to protect Tanis for posterity. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "These fossils may capture the day the dinosaurs died. Here's what you should know.," 31 Mar. 2019 The songs performed that night had nothing to do with Christmas, though the music served as a kind of gift to American culture and to posterity. John Edward Hasse, WSJ, "The Concert That Changed Music History," 24 Dec. 2018 Their interaction was preserved for posterity on a video, which attracted more than five million social media views. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "How Basketball and Baseball Helped Gary Woodland Master Golf," 17 June 2019 Fumes of mercury vapor would reveal the image, and the plate would be rinsed and dried to reverse the light sensitivity before placing it under glass to preserve it for posterity. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Scientists found these old photographs contain metallic nanoparticles," 12 June 2019 Adding to the poignancy of the scene was the knowledge that the Greatest Generation is slowly fading into posterity. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "Trump’s Great D-Day Speech," 6 June 2019 Our father, his parents, and our mother, Janet, routinely saved items from their years together for posterity. Bennett Marcus, Town & Country, "Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 Lunar Brooch Is For Sale," 3 June 2019 The building was renovated in 1981 in part through a using federal tax credit and a state tax abatement, resulting in thousands of public dollars diverted to help preserve the building for posterity., "Preservationist wants to yank historic designation of building gutted in Portland courthouse project," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of posterity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for posterity

Middle English posterite, from Anglo-French pusterité, from Latin posteritat-, posteritas, from posterus coming after

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The first known use of posterity was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of posterity

formal : people in the future


pos·​ter·​i·​ty | \ pä-ˈster-ə-tē How to pronounce posterity (audio) \

Kids Definition of posterity

: all future generations She'll be remembered by posterity.


pos·​ter·​i·​ty | \ pä-ˈster-ə-tē How to pronounce posterity (audio) \

Legal Definition of posterity

1 : all of the lineal descendants of a person
2 : all future generations

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