noun (plural eternities)
- 1Infinite or unending time: their love was sealed for eternity this state of affairs has lasted for all eternityMore example sentences
ever, all time, perpetuity
- 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.
- 1.1A state to which time has no application; timelessness.More example sentences
- 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 eternityMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.3Used euphemistically to refer to death: he could have crashed the car and taken them both to eternityMore example sentences
- 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 eternityMore example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: from Old French eternite, from Latin aeternitas, from aeternus 'without beginning or end' (see eternal).