posterity

noun
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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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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Recent Examples on the Web For posterity’s sake, the Rangers lost 10-6 Friday, allowing a grand slam before recording an out. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "The best is yet to come? Rangers' young roster additions look hungry, not overwhelmed," 12 Sep. 2020 Unfortunately, like so many other ancient masterworks, the copy of On the Ocean meant to be preserved for posterity was lost when the great library at Alexandria burned down in 48 BCE. F. Salazar, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Norwegian Island Claims to be the Fabled Land of Thule," 8 Sep. 2020 The trial will be filmed for posterity, a rarity in France reserved for proceedings of historical import. Star Tribune, "French paper attacked in 2015 reprints Muhammad caricatures," 1 Sep. 2020 Missionaries who followed the troops opened a unique multicultural school at Lake Harriet, wrote down the Dakota language for posterity, and helped operate a successful and large Indigenous farming operation at what was then Lake Calhoun. Stephen E. Osman, Star Tribune, "Fort Snelling's 200th anniversary deserves more celebration than it will get," 28 Aug. 2020 For posterity: mozzarella, Berkshire sausage, cherry bomb pepper and basil, all on Coalfire’s signature blackened crust. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago’s best pizzas — 27 pies across all styles," 27 Aug. 2020 Filmed for posterity, the sword-wielding combatants agreed to halt only after Ribière was wounded twice. National Geographic, "En garde! Why France was the dueling capital of Europe," 19 Aug. 2020 The library will collect and curate all the stories for posterity. NOLA.com, "Library now collecting true stories, annual festival in Covington confirmed," 16 Aug. 2020 Voters do not care very much, by and large, about posterity. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "The Party of Lincoln," 14 Aug. 2020

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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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15 Sep 2020

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“Posterity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/posterity. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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posterity

noun
How to pronounce posterity (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of posterity

formal : people in the future

posterity

noun
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.

posterity

noun
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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