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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Do any of these jokers have an inkling of how posterity will view this week’s videos of them skulking away from reporters in the Capitol’s corridors or making mealy-mouth statements while staring down at the floor? Frank Rich, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Jerusalem Horror Show," 16 May 2018 Thankfully, Comments by Celebs captured the flirty comment for posterity. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Channing Tatum Called His Girlfriend, Jessie J, the "Hottest" on Instagram," 2 Mar. 2019 Because Offset decided to make this grand gesture at a concert with a ton of professional photographers on hand, being paid to take pictures of what was happening on the stage, the whole thing was documented for posterity. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Offset Crashed Cardi B’s Set at Rolling Loud Festival, Surprising Her With Flowers in an Attempt to Win Her Back," 16 Dec. 2018 Comments by Celebs captured Justin's comments for posterity. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Hailey Baldwin Changes Her Name to Hailey Bieber on Instagram," 17 Nov. 2018 But given that many movers and shakers in the industry like Ubisoft believe services like Xcloud will eventually be essential rather than additive, there are concerns about saving games for posterity. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Microsoft announces Project Xcloud—Xbox game streaming for myriad devices," 8 Oct. 2018 The tattoos will stay, restored for posterity, but the dirty dishes will go. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Tragic, Fascinating History of Santo Sospir," 13 Aug. 2018 But the image of Bessie & Gene has been saved for posterity. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "Saving Aberdeen history after museum fire, one photo and VHS tape at a time," 16 July 2018 Drake is, obviously, pushing a song (and his OVO brand) all while committing these selfless acts, filming them for posterity and using them as the backdrop to inspire more commercial success. Tom Philip, GQ, "Drake Gets Big into the Redistribution of Wealth in the “God’s Plan” Music Video," 16 Feb. 2018

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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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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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