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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.

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. Leo Tolstoy:

    The Jew – is the symbol of eternity…. He is the one who for so long had guarded the prophetic message and transmitted it to all mankind…. The Jew is eternal. He is the embodiment of eternity.

  2. Alina Polyakova:

    We're in a serious crisis situation right now, and we're in an information warfare situation where maybe suspending these accounts, if not banning them for all eternity, would make a lot of sense, for now [ the platforms ] have stuck to a more free-speech approach rather than a blocking approach, which I also understand, but again, we're in a very different situation when it comes to what's happening in Ukraine right now.

  3. Henry David Thoreau:

    Time is but the stream I go a-fishin in. I drink at it, but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. It's thin current slides away, but eternity remains.

  4. Cindy Otis:

    This isn't something that there's one solution that will, you know, remove this group from their platform for all eternity, it's going to be an ongoing and dynamic problem.

  5. MG:

    You're the most uninvited ever, Yet you force and barge in. You come with such a despise, Which bring forth sadness and torments which we cannot suffice. You leave the scars that couldn't be healed And memories that cannot be faded. Yet you come!! I curse you that you wouldn't see the bleak light of happiness for all eternity!! And be haunted by darkest demons of fraternity.

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    the quality of being impenetrable (by people or light or missiles etc.)
    • A. substrate
    • B. brashness
    • C. foumart
    • D. imperviousness

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