Definition of eternity in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈtəːnɪti/
Pronunciation: /iːˈtəːnɪti/

noun (plural eternities)

[mass noun]
1Infinite or unending time: their love was sealed for eternity this state of affairs has lasted for all eternity
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  • The king was then taken to his burial chamber deep below the pyramid and then sealed there for all eternity.
  • First he was a great-grandson of Queen Victoria whose reign seemed to go on for all eternity.
  • Then the Shia family could have reigned in happiness and strength for all eternity.
ever, all time, perpetuity
1.1A state to which time has no application; timelessness: the encounter between time and eternity symbolic inklings of eternity
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  • In Mahapatra's poetry, the windows of life are flung wide open, and both time and timelessness, today and eternity rush in.
  • Now, if Death is a collapsing of Time, then the Soul may move into a suspended state of eternity, seeing all time at once.
  • The fifth chapter is an extended discourse on God's relationship to both time and eternity and the last expounds the doctrine of the Trinity.
1.2 Theology Endless life after death: immortal souls destined for eternity
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  • With the concept of the soul, an entity that is supposed to live on for eternity, death is seemingly cheated of its sting of finality.
  • That is the only way to be right in life and prepared for death and eternity.
  • Some lives will probably be lost because of this hurricane, but if their souls are lost for eternity, that is the real disaster.
the afterlife, everlasting life, life after death, the life to come, the life hereafter, the hereafter, the world hereafter, the afterworld, the next world, the beyond;
heaven, paradise, nirvana, immortality
1.3Used euphemistically to refer to death: he could have crashed the car and taken them both to eternity
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  • A young gunnery officer in command of a hill post overlooking the city keeps watch of the air space above, whilst a young flying instructor at the airfield below trains teenage kamikaze pilots for their single trip to eternity.
1.4 (an eternity) informal A period of time that seems very long, especially on account of being tedious or annoying: a silence that lasted an eternity
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  • After what seemed an eternity of uncomfortable silence, well, I thought someone had to break it.
  • Finally, after what seemed an eternity of waiting, the first dragon came into view.
  • For Melanie, however, school seemed to last an eternity on Friday.
a long time, an age, ages (and ages), a time, a lifetime;
hours, days, months, years, aeons, hours/days/months on end, a month of Sundays, the duration;
(seemingly) forever
British informal yonks, donkey's years


Late Middle English: from Old French eternite, from Latin aeternitas, from aeternus 'without beginning or end' (see eternal).

Words that rhyme with eternity

confraternity, fraternity, maternity, modernity, paternity, taciturnity

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