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afterlife

[af-ter-lahyf, ahf-] /ˈæf tərˌlaɪf, ˈɑf-/
noun
1.
Also called future life. life after death.
2.
the later part of a person's life:
the remarkably productive afterlife of Thomas Jefferson.
Origin of afterlife
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; after + life
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  • My afterlife was ultimately formed by the shock I had then received.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • And by that means I will learn where to search for him—how to trace his afterlife.

    The Cryptogram William Murray Graydon
  • Often in afterlife Pierre recalled this period of blissful insanity.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • It was one of those rash friendships that so often prove an incubus in afterlife.

    A Doll's House Henrik Ibsen
  • Why did the thought of death, the afterlife, seem so sweet and consoling?

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for afterlife

afterlife

/ˈɑːftəˌlaɪf/
noun
1.
life after death or at a later time in a person's lifetime
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Word Origin and History for afterlife
n.

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

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