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Definitions for Eternity
ɪˈtɜr nɪ tieter·ni·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eternity, infinitynoun

    time without end

  2. eternity, timelessness, timeless existencenoun

    a state of eternal existence believed in some religions to characterize the afterlife

  3. eternitynoun

    a seemingly endless time interval (waiting)


  1. eternitynoun

    Existence without end, infinite time.

  2. eternitynoun

    existence outside of time (compare sempiternity).

  3. eternitynoun

    A period of time which extends infinitely far into the future.

  4. eternitynoun

    (metaphysical) The remainder of time that elapses after death.

  5. eternitynoun

    A comparatively long time.

    It's been an eternity since we last saw each other.

  6. Etymology: aeternitas.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Eternitynoun

    Etymology: æternitas, Latin.

    In this ground his precious root
    Still lives, which, when weak time shall be pour’d out
    Into eternity, and circular joys
    Dancing an endless round, again shall rise. Richard Crashaw.

    Thy immortal rhyme
    Makes this one short point of time,
    To fill up half the orb of round eternity. Abraham Cowley.

    By repeating the idea of any length of duration which we have in our minds, with all the endless addition of number, we come by the idea of eternity. John Locke.

    Beyond is all abyss,
    Eternity, whose end no eye can reach! John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    Eternity, thou pleasing, dreadful thought!
    Through what variety of untried being,
    Through what new scenes and changes must we pass. Add.


  1. Eternity

    Eternity, in common parlance, means infinite time that never ends or the quality, condition, or fact of being everlasting or eternal. Classical philosophy, however, defines eternity as what is timeless or exists outside time, whereas sempiternity corresponds to infinite duration.


  1. eternity

    Eternity refers to a state or concept that transcends time, characterized by infinite or endless duration, without a beginning or an end. It signifies a timeless and perpetual existence beyond the constraints of the temporal world.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eternitynoun

    infinite duration, without beginning in the past or end in the future; also, duration without end in the future; endless time

  2. Eternitynoun

    condition which begins at death; immortality

  3. Etymology: [F. ternit, L. aeternitas, fr. aeternus. See Etern.]


  1. Eternity

    Eternity is endless time. In philosophy and mathematics, an infinite duration is also called sempiternity, or everlasting. Eternity is an important concept in many religions, where the immortality of God is said to endure eternally. Some, such as Aristotle, would say the same about the natural cosmos in regard to both past and future eternal duration, and like the eternal Platonic Forms, immutability was considered essential.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. eternity

    1. The Sunday of Time. 2. The sublimest thought of the brain of Ignorance. 3. A symphony written by a Beethoven of the ineffable _x_ dimension. 4. The North Pole of the hours. 5. Monstrance of the Holy O. 6. A corrosive acid that obliterates Before and Afterward.

Editors Contribution

  1. eternity

    Infinite time.

    WE as humans have developed the technology to exist on planet earth for eternity and be youthful and healthy too.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 22, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Eternity in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Eternity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Eternity in a Sentence

  1. Hermann Hesse:

    Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke.

  2. Roger Anderson:

    Christ's first coming was to fulfill a mission, a purpose. He came to suffer, die, and be raised again. These happened and yielded results effective for the present time and into eternity.

  3. Richard Jefferies:

    It is eternity now. I am in the midst of it. It is about me and the sunshine.

  4. Erik Pevernagie:

    Memory can immortalize a dream. Beyond temporarily there is eternity. Lost Dreams.

  5. Henry Adams:

    A teacher affects eternity; He can never tell where his influence stops.

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