Definition of eternity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪˈtɜːnəti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈtɜːrnəti//
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  1. 1[uncountable] (formal) time without end, especially life continuing without end after death There will be rich and poor for all eternity. They believed that their souls would be condemned to burn in hell for eternity.
  2. 2an eternity [singular] (informal) a period of time that seems to be very long or to never end After what seemed like an eternity the nurse returned with the results of the test.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French eternite, from Latin aeternitas, from aeternus ‘without beginning or end’, from aevum ‘age’.Extra examples He seemed to stand there for an eternity. I will love you for all eternity. It seemed like an eternity before she came back. It seemed to take an eternity for us to get to the hospital. This great work of art is now preserved for eternity. This mathematical pattern will repeat itself into eternity.
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