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Definitions for hereafter
hɪərˈæf tər, -ˈɑf-her·e·after

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. afterlife, hereafternoun

    life after death

  2. future, hereafter, futurity, time to comeadverb

    the time yet to come

  3. hereinafter, hereafter, hereunderadverb

    in a subsequent part of this document or statement or matter etc.

    "the landlord demises unto the tenant the premises hereinafter called the demised premises"; "the terms specified hereunder"

  4. hereafteradverb

    in a future life or state

    "hope to win salvation hereafter"

  5. hereafteradverb

    following this in time or order or place; after this

    "hereafter you will no longer receive an allowance"


  1. hereafternoun

    A future existence or state.

  2. hereafternoun

    Existence after death.

  3. hereafteradverb

    In time to come; in some future time or state.

  4. hereafteradverb

    From now on

  5. Etymology: hræfter.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hereafteradverb

    Etymology: here and after.

    How worthy he is, I will leave to appear hereafter, rather than story him in his own hearing. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    The grand-child, with twelve sons increas’d, departs
    From Canaan, to a land hereafter call’d
    Egypt. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xii.

    Hereafter he from war shall come,
    And bring his Trojans peace. Dryden.

  2. Hereafternoun

    A future state.

    ’Tis the divinity that stirs within us;
    ’Tis heaven itself that points out an hereafter,
    And intimates eternity to man. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    I still shall wait
    Some new hereafter, and a future state. Matthew Prior.


  1. Hereafter

    The afterlife (also referred to as life after death) is a purported existence in which the essential part of an individual's identity or their stream of consciousness continues to live after the death of their physical body. The surviving essential aspect varies between belief systems; it may be some partial element, or the entire soul or spirit of an individual, which carries with it and may confer personal identity or, on the contrary, nirvana. Belief in an afterlife is in contrast to the belief in oblivion after death. In some views, this continued existence takes place in a spiritual realm, while in others, the individual may be reborn into this world and begin the life cycle over again, likely with no memory of what they have done in the past. In this latter view, such rebirths and deaths may take place over and over again continuously until the individual gains entry to a spiritual realm or otherworld. Major views on the afterlife derive from religion, esotericism and metaphysics. Some belief systems, such as those in the Abrahamic tradition, hold that the dead go to a specific place after death, as determined by God, or other divine judgment, based on their actions or beliefs during life. In contrast, in systems of reincarnation, such as those in the Indian religions, the nature of the continued existence is determined directly by the actions of the individual in the ended life.


  1. hereafter

    Hereafter generally refers to a point in time from now into the future. It can also imply the afterlife or life after death in certain contexts, particularly in religious or spiritual discussions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hereafteradverb

    in time to come; in some future time or state

  2. Hereafternoun

    a future existence or state

  3. Etymology: [AS. hrfter.]


  1. Hereafter

    Hereafter is the third album from the Romanian power metal band Magica. It was released in 2007. There is a video for the songs "All Waters Have the Colour of Drowning" and "Entangled".

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hereafter in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hereafter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of hereafter in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Campbell:

    Eternity has nothing to do with the hereafter... This is it... If you don't get it here, you won't get it anywhere. The experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life. Heaven is not the place to have the experience here's the place to have the experience.

  2. The Azeri defense ministry:

    In order to quiet and deter the adversary ... Armenia's armed forces will hereafter apply adequate artillery and rocket striking means, continuously targeting permanent deployment areas, military movements, military equipment and manpower.

  3. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations – Book Twelve:

    All the blessings which you pray to obtain hereafter could be yours today, if you did not deny them to yourself.

  4. Alireza Salehi Nejad:

    In this world and the hereafter, we should not be afraid of no one but ourselves.

  5. Saadi:

    Reveal not every secret you have to a friend, for how can you tell but that friend may hereafter become an enemy. And bring not all mischief you are able to upon an enemy, for he may one day become your friend.

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