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e·ter·ni·ty

 (ĭ-tûr′nĭ-tē)
n. pl. e·ter·ni·ties
1. Time without beginning or end; infinite time.
2. The state or quality of being eternal.
3.
a. The timeless state following death.
b. The afterlife; immortality.
4. A very long or seemingly endless time: waited in the dentist's office for an eternity.

[Middle English eternite, from Old French, from Latin aeternitās, from aeternus, eternal; see eternal.]

eternity

(ɪˈtɜːnɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. endless or infinite time
2. the quality, state, or condition of being eternal
3. (usually plural) any of the aspects of life and thought that are considered to be timeless, esp timeless and true
4. (Theology) theol the condition of timeless existence, believed by some to characterize the afterlife
5. a seemingly endless period of time: an eternity of waiting.

e•ter•ni•ty

(ɪˈtɜr nɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. infinite time; duration without beginning or end.
2. eternal existence, esp. as contrasted with mortal life.
3. the timeless state into which the soul is believed to pass at death.
4. a seemingly endless period of time.
5. eternities, truths or realities regarded as timeless.
[1325–75; eternite < Latin aeternitās]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.eternity - time without endeternity - time without end      
time - the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past
alpha and omega - the first and last; signifies God's eternity
2.eternity - a state of eternal existence believed in some religions to characterize the afterlife
being, beingness, existence - the state or fact of existing; "a point of view gradually coming into being"; "laws in existence for centuries"
3.eternity - a seemingly endless time interval (waiting)
interval, time interval - a definite length of time marked off by two instants

eternity

noun
1. (Theology) the afterlife, heaven, paradise, the next world, the hereafter I have always found the thought of eternity terrifying.
2. perpetuity, immortality, infinity, timelessness, endlessness, infinitude, time without end the idea that our species will survive for all eternity
3. ages, years, an age, centuries, for ever (informal), aeons, donkey's years (informal), yonks (informal), a month of Sundays (informal), a long time or while, an age or eternity The war went on for an eternity.
Quotations
"Eternity's a terrible thought. I mean, where's it all going to end?" [Tom Stoppard Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead]
"Eternity! thou pleasing, dreadful thought!" [Joseph Addison Cato]
"Every instant of time is a pinprick of eternity" [Marcus Aurelius Meditations]
"Eternity is in love with the productions of time" [William Blake The Marriage of Heaven and Hell]

eternity

noun
1. The totality of time without beginning or end:
4. A long time:
eon, long, year (used in plural).
Informal: age (used in plural), blue moon.
Translations
أَبَدِيَّه، أزَلخُلُودخُلود، أبَدِيَّهوَقْت لا نِهائي
věčnost
evighedEvigheden
eterno
ikuisuusiäisyys
vječnost
örökkévalóság
eilífî, óendanleikihiî eilífa lífóratími
永遠性
영원
večnost
evighet
นิรันดร
bin yılçok uzun görünen bir sureölümsüzlüksonsuzsonsuzluk
sự vĩnh viễn

eternity

[ɪˈtɜːnɪtɪ]
A. Neternidad f
it seemed like an eternitypareció una eternidad or un siglo
B. CPD eternity ring Nanillo m de brillantes

eternity

[ɪˈtɜːrnɪti] n
(= endless time) → éternité f
(= very long time) for an eternity → une éternité
The war continued for an eternity → La guerre a duré une éternité.
It seemed to last for an eternity → Cela a duré une éternité.

eternity

n (lit, fig: inf)Ewigkeit f; (Rel: = the future life) → das ewige Leben; from here to eternitybis in alle Ewigkeit; for all eternityin alle Ewigkeit; it seemed an eternityes kam mir wie eine Ewigkeit vor

eternity

[ɪˈtɜːnɪtɪ] neternità

eternal

(iˈtəːnl) adjective
1. without end; lasting for ever; unchanging. God is eternal; eternal life.
2. never ceasing. I am tired of your eternal complaints.
eˈternally adverb
eˈternity noun
1. time without end.
2. a seemingly endless time. He waited for an eternity.
3. the state or time after death.

eternity

خُلُود věčnost evighed Ewigkeit αιωνιότητα eternidad ikuisuus éternité vječnost eternità 永遠性 영원 eeuwigheid evighet wieczność eternidade вечность evighet นิรันดร sonsuz sự vĩnh viễn 永远
References in classic literature ?
Can't you see yourself, without my telling you, what an eternity it is?
God bless you, friend; I do believe your scent is not greatly wrong, when the matter is duly considered, and keeping eternity before the eyes, though much depends on the natural gifts, and the force of temptation.
From the look of unutterable woe upon his face, it appeared to be his doom to spend eternity in a vain effort to make his accounts balance.
Thou lookest far into eternity, with those bright dying eyes
Yes, there is death in this business of whaling --a speechlessly quick chaotic bundling of a man into Eternity.
He closed his eyes, but still retained his hold; for, in the gates of eternity, the black hand and the white hold each other with an equal clasp.
I excused myself and dropped to the rear of the procession, sad at heart, willing to go hence from this troubled life, this vale of tears, this brief day of broken rest, of cloud and storm, of weary struggle and monotonous defeat; and yet shrinking from the change, as remembering how long eternity is, and how many have wended thither who know that anecdote.
When he at last became a free man again, he said he believed he would hunt up a brisker seat of learning; the Heidelberg lectures might be good, but the opportunities of attending them were too rare, the educational process too slow; he said he had come to Europe with the idea that the acquirement of an education was only a matter of time, but if he had averaged the Heidelberg system correctly, it was rather a matter of eternity.
Suppose you had to fly that distance with your wings - wouldn't eternity have been over before you got here?
At last he was satisfied that time had ceased and eternity begun; he began to doze, in spite of himself; the clock chimed eleven, but he did not hear it.
No; I cannot believe that: I hold another creed: which no one ever taught me, and which I seldom mention; but in which I delight, and to which I cling: for it extends hope to all: it makes Eternity a rest--a mighty home, not a terror and an abyss.
I see a repose that neither earth nor hell can break, and I feel an assurance of the endless and shadowless hereafter - the Eternity they have entered - where life is boundless in its duration, and love in its sympathy, and joy in its fulness.