eternity[ē tʉr′nə tē, i-]
- Eternity is defined as, or seems like, an endless amount of time.
- An example of eternity is the amount of time that takes place in heaven, according to the Bible.
- An example of eternity is spending over an hour on hold for a customer service person.
- the quality, state, or fact of being eternal; eternal existence or duration; continuance without end
- infinite time; time without beginning or end
- a long period of time that seems endless: an eternity of waiting
- the endless time after death
Origin of eternityMiddle English eternite ; from Old French eternité ; from Classical Latin aeternitas
- Time without beginning or end; infinite time.
- The state or quality of being eternal.
- a. The timeless state following death.b. The afterlife; immortality.
- A very long or seemingly endless time: waited in the dentist's office for an eternity.
Origin of eternityMiddle English eternite, from Old French, from Latin aeternitās, from aeternus, eternal; see eternal.
(countable and uncountable, plural eternities)
- (uncountable) Existence without end, infinite time.
- (uncountable, philosophy) Existence outside of time.
- (countable) A period of time which extends infinitely far into the future.
- (metaphysical) The remainder of time that elapses after death.
- (informal, hyperbolic) A comparatively long time.
- It's been an eternity since we last saw each other.
- In the sense "a comparatively long time", eternity is always used with the indefinite article (an eternity).
- In philosophy, the common use of eternity to refer to an infinite time is considered incorrect, eternity referring to existence outside of time; existence within time but of an infinite temporal duration is called everlastingness or sempiternity
- (existence outside of time): sempiternity