- after this in time or order; at some future time; farther along.
- in the time to follow; from now on: Hereafter I will not accept their calls.
- in the life or world to come.
- a life or existence after death; the future beyond mortal existence.
- time to come; the future.
Origin of hereafter
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Examples from the Web for hereafter
In his City of God, Augustine was quite clear that in the hereafter humans would no longer need bathroom breaks.Sorry, Internet: Pope Francis Didn't Open Paradise to Pets
December 14, 2014
It combined the rambling, torturous pace of J. Edgar, the oddball clairvoyance of Hereafter, and … that line from Dirty Harry.Clint Eastwood’s RNC Speech: Ben Affleck and Other Hollywood Insiders React
September 1, 2012
“I think he has a nice philosophical plan for the fiscal hereafter, two or three decades down the road,” Stockman sniffed.Reagan Budget Guru: Shut It Down!
April 7, 2011
The fable is fanciful and pleasing in itself; but will it not hereafter be believed as reality?Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
It means that my braids are up to stay, so hereafter I'm a real woman.Her Father's Daughter
He said I knew better, and that I should hear more of this, hereafter.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Take what there is; young as you are, you may want it more now than hereafter.Night and Morning, Complete
Ireland now does justice to him, the world will do so hereafter.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
- formal in a subsequent part of this document, matter, case, etc
- a less common word for henceforth
- at some time in the future
- in a future life after death
- life after death
- the future
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Word Origin and History for hereafter
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