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[af-ter-lahyf, ahf-] /ˈæf tərˌlaɪf, ˈɑf-/
Also called future life. life after death.
the later part of a person's life:
the remarkably productive afterlife of Thomas Jefferson.
Origin of afterlife
First recorded in 1585-95; after + life Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was one of those rash friendships that so often prove an incubus in afterlife.

    A Doll's House Henrik Ibsen
  • Often in afterlife Pierre recalled this period of blissful insanity.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • The last rites freed one from life for an afterlife in which the deceased still watched over the living faithful.

  • Why did the thought of death, the afterlife, seem so sweet and consoling?

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • He was placed there when about fourteen years old, and appears to have been educated to his own satisfaction in afterlife.

    The Life of Daniel De Foe George Chalmers
British Dictionary definitions for afterlife


life after death or at a later time in a person's lifetime
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for afterlife

1590s, "a future life" (especially after resurrection), from after + life.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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