eternity


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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 ?
It had spared him the tortures of the agony, convulsions of the last departure; had opened with an indulgent finger the gates of eternity to that noble soul.
The June night was short; but it seemed an eternity to those who waited and watched.
And when the awful rite was finished, and with cold hand in cold hand, the Married of Eternity withdrew, the organ's peal of solemn triumph drowned the Wedding Knell.
The Temple of Issus is to the therns what the Valley Dor is imagined by the peoples of the outer world to be to them; it is the ultimate haven of peace, refuge, and happiness to which they pass after this life and wherein an eternity of eternities is spent amidst the delights of the flesh which appeal most strongly to this race of mental giants and moral pygmies.
The soul is immortal- well then, if I shall always live I must have lived before, lived for a whole eternity.
Perhaps he loveth in thee the unmoved eye, and the look of eternity.
With each divine impulse the mind rends the thin rinds of the visible and finite, and comes out into eternity, and inspires and expires its air.
Could men or plants but once elevate their thoughts to the vast scale of creation, it would teach them their own insignificance so plainly, would so unerringly make manifest the futility of complaints, and the immense disparity between time and eternity, as to render the useful lesson of contentment as inevitable as it is important.
I see no reason, then, why our metaphysical poets should plume themselves so much on the utility of their works, unless indeed they refer to instruction with eternity in view; in which case, sincere respect for their piety would not allow me to express my contempt for their judgment; contempt which it would be difficult to conceal, since their writings are professedly to be understood by the few, and it is the many who stand in need of salvation.
Can't you see yourself, without my telling you, what an eternity it is?
Yes, there is death in this business of whaling --a speechlessly quick chaotic bundling of a man into Eternity.
I being informed that these two men were to die, wrote to the viceroy for his permission to exhort them, before they entered into eternity, to unite themselves to the Church.