[af-ter-lahyf, ahf-]
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Origin of afterlife

First recorded in 1585–95; after + life Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for afterlife

immortality, heaven, hereafter, eternity

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Contemporary Examples of afterlife

Historical Examples of afterlife

  • My afterlife was ultimately formed by the shock I had then received.

  • 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


  1. life after death or at a later time in a person's lifetime
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for afterlife

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper