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immortality

[im-awr-tal-i-tee] /ˌɪm ɔrˈtæl ɪ ti/
noun
1.
immortal condition or quality; unending life.
2.
enduring fame.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English immortalite < Latin immortālitās. See immortal, -ity
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  • Alchemists tried to produce a potion from ground jade-the elixir of life-that would grant immortality.
  • Theres also the fact that individual immortality is non-beneficial to life.
  • It is a measure of that line of life's impermanence, but also our immortality.
  • Now scientists know that such immortality is the prerogative only of cancer cells.
  • In some ways, people today are driven to seek immortality while they are still alive.
  • immortality did not merit even a conference mini-symposium.
  • He made no wager more daring than that on his own immortality.
  • There may even be a prediction market somewhere taking bets on immortality.
  • Contrary to the easy cliché, he's not a rich old guy gunning for immortality.
  • The near immortality of computer software has come as a shock to programmers.
Word Origin and History for immortality
n.

mid-14c., "deathlessness," from Old French immortalité (13c.) and directly from Latin immortalitatem (nominative immortalitas) "deathlessness, endless life," from immortalis (see immortal). Sense of "everlasting fame" is from 1530s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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immortality in the Bible

perpetuity of existence. The doctrine of immortality is taught in the Old Testament. It is plainly implied in the writings of Moses (Gen. 5:22, 24; 25:8; 37:35; 47:9; 49:29, comp. Heb. 11:13-16; Ex. 3:6, comp. Matt. 22:23). It is more clearly and fully taught in the later books (Isa. 14:9; Ps. 17:15; 49:15; 73:24). It was thus a doctrine obviously well known to the Jews. With the full revelation of the gospel this doctrine was "brought to light" (2 Tim. 1:10; 1 Cor. 15; 2 Cor. 5:1-6; 1 Thess. 4:13-18).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for immortality

in philosophy and religion, the continuity of human spiritual existence after the death of the body. The concept of immortality is to be distinguished from that of bodily resurrection.

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