Definition of finality in English:

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Pronunciation: /fʌɪˈnalɪti/

noun (plural finalities)

[mass noun]
1The fact or impression of being final and irreversible: the abrupt finality of death
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  • Even though a dreadful sense of finality pummelled him and threatened to bring back the depression that had barely nagged him for many years, he kept walking.
  • The finality of death of a young man with glowing prospects for success is a shattering blow indeed.
  • The finality of death that you might want to give to criminals would be just as final on the falsely accused.
1.1A tone or manner which indicates that no further comment or argument is possible: ‘No,’ she said with finality
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  • His words held a tone of finality that warranted no argument.
  • The tone of her voice indicated finality to the conversation.
  • The finality of his tone brooked no argument, and it seemed as though it had finally sunk in that Mr Cunningham had tried something on me.
1.2 [count noun] An action or event that ends something irreversibly: death is the ultimate finality
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  • He cuts off his reading with a series of disturbing questions: ‘How could productions of art appear to us as finalities without end?’
  • In fact, isn't that exactly how we experience life, as a series of finalities?
  • Those who live with their feet on the ground don't hang themselves with abstract ‘at larges’ or final finalities.


Mid 19th century: from French finalité, from late Latin finalitas, from Latin finalis (see final).

Words that rhyme with finality

banality, duality, fatality, ideality, legality, locality, modality, morality, natality, orality, reality, regality, rurality, tonality, totality, venality, vitality, vocality

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