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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web In January, the congressman’s official portrait, painted posthumously by the artist Jerrell Gibbs, will be enshrined for posterity in the Capitol, where fewer than 20 of the hundreds of portraits there are of Black leaders. New York Times, 3 Dec. 2021 And jotting everything down for posterity is a writer (Makis Papadimitriou) who’s having a hard time concentrating on the task at hand, what with his intense acid reflux and some highly gaseous medical issues…. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 21 June 2022 Radio reporter Les Grobstein saved the tape for posterity, and every year Cubs fans relive the memory of the rant heard around the world. Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune, 19 June 2022 Fans broke out their cellphones to record the moment for posterity. New York Times, 13 June 2022 The English diarist Samuel Pepys was a passenger on the royal yacht sailing alongside the Gloucester in the royal fleet and recorded the harrowing experience of the sinking for posterity in a letter to a friend. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 10 June 2022 White’s team had yet another device capturing the show for posterity: a digital recorder. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 9 June 2022 Researchers are working quickly to digitize and map the cave and its artwork to both preserve it for posterity and create the virtual replica, which is accurate to within millimeters. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 June 2022 At the other end of the emotional scale, many jokers were moved to ask posterity if their local sports team had won anything yet. New York Times, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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18 Jul 2022

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“Posterity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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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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