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aeon

[ee-uh n, ee-on] /ˈi ən, ˈi ɒn/
noun
1.
(in Gnosticism) one of a class of powers or beings conceived as emanating from the Supreme Being and performing various functions in the operations of the universe.
2.
eon.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < Late Latin < Greek aiṓn space of time, age
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  • Through the aeons they had known fire and had learned to live with it.
British Dictionary definitions for aeons

aeon

/ˈiːən; ˈiːɒn/
noun
1.
an immeasurably long period of time; age
2.
a period of one thousand million years
3.
(often capital) (gnosticism) one of the powers emanating from the supreme being and culminating in the demiurge
Word Origin
C17: from Greek aiōn an infinitely long time
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Word Origin and History for aeons

aeon

n.

1640s; see eon.

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