[af-ter-lahyf, ahf-]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of afterlife

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

  • And well the boy carried out his father's injunction in afterlife.

  • Why refuse a bit of sweetness to a tiny infant, perhaps destined to taste little of it in afterlife?

    A Top-Floor Idyl

    George van Schaick

  • And by that means I will learn where to search for him—how to trace his afterlife.

    The Cryptogram

    William Murray Graydon

  • And perhaps it was to a certain remorse in the tutor's mind that Elsmere owed an experience of great importance to his afterlife.

    Robert Elsmere

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

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 © 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