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 Kerry, who is also Head of Trips for, appreciates the beauty of Upstate New York, the benefits of exercise, the essential elements found in good wine and new friends, and the importance of capturing all those experiences for posterity. Michael Alpiner, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Recovering from a near-death experience an ex war correspondent-turned-writer seeks to leave his mark for posterity in a world of feminism, inclusiveness and social media which have converted him into a relic. John Hopewell, Variety, 13 Sep. 2021 That also means many of them are immune to his crawlers and cannot be saved for posterity. Chase Difeliciantonio, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Sep. 2021 No note, no information, no posterity, just the thing in its box. Sarah Braunstei, The New Yorker, 2 Aug. 2021 Befriending your hometown heroes has its privileges, like riding in the aforementioned Caddy, captured for posterity in the VHS haze of the song's deliberately lo-fi music video. Leah Greenblatt,, 12 July 2021 Still, the numbers will tell posterity who got it right, and who didn’t. Anthony Faiola, Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2021 The delegations were also made to sit for portraits — for posterity, government officials thought, a record of a people soon to be no more., 2 Sep. 2021 The two of us in a room with our tender caresses and longing glares filmed for posterity. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 24 Aug. 2021

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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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16 Sep 2021

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“Posterity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of posterity

: 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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