noun, plural eternities.
infinite time; duration without beginning or end.
eternal existence, especially as contrasted with mortal life: the eternity of God.
Theology. the timeless state into which the soul passes at a person's death.
an endless or seemingly endless period of time: We had to wait an eternity for the check to arrive.
eternities, the truths or realities of life and thought that are regarded as timeless or eternal.

1325–75; Middle English eternite < Latin aeternitās. See eterne, -ity

noneternity, noun
preeternity, noun Unabridged
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eternity (ɪˈtɜːnɪtɪ)
n , pl -ties
1.  endless or infinite time
2.  the quality, state, or condition of being eternal
3.  (usually plural) any of the aspects of life and thought that are considered to be timeless, esp timeless and true
4.  theol the condition of timeless existence, believed by some to characterize the afterlife
5.  a seemingly endless period of time: an eternity of waiting

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. eternité, from L. aeternitatem (nom. aeternitas), from aeternus (see eternal). In the Mercian hymns, L. aeternum is glossed by O.E. ecnisse.
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