Definition of afterlife in US English:



  • 1in singular (in some religions) life after death.

    ‘most Christians believe in an afterlife’
    • ‘There was the hope of an afterlife and there were sacrificial rituals.’
    • ‘At the end of the day, we all want more life and this need can be somewhat satisfied by believing in an afterlife.’
    • ‘It is the basis of his attack on transcendent metaphysics, and on all religions that postulate an afterlife.’
    • ‘Monegasque beliefs about death and the afterlife are in accordance with the teachings of the Roman Catholic church.’
    • ‘Perhaps it can be said that we idealise the afterlife because of a fear of death.’
    • ‘This is merely responsible social behavior and is not reliant on a belief in an afterlife or an abstract moral code.’
    • ‘He did not believe in the afterlife and considered death as the final phase of all souls, fools as well as the wise.’
    • ‘Starting from the time when the child is in the womb, these sixteen rituals end in the final journey of the body into the afterlife.’
    • ‘I'm sure that the promise of sheer bliss in the afterlife appeased some people's fears.’
    • ‘The first impression of the exhibit is of a focus on death and the afterlife.’
    • ‘They believed in an afterlife, which was why they showed such disregard for death in battle.’
    • ‘In the areas of death and the afterlife, the non-Christian belief systems of the ethnic groups are most noticeable.’
    • ‘Catholicism, once again, played a crucial but not exclusive role in shaping French beliefs about death and the afterlife.’
    • ‘So basically what I am saying is that it is possible that we each may get what we believe or desire in the way of an afterlife.’
    • ‘In Egypt, this sacred science of the afterlife was focused upon two things.’
    • ‘Some people believe in an afterlife or in reincarnation or other form of continuity of energy or spirit.’
    • ‘Each group has its own particular beliefs concerning the afterlife and death.’
    • ‘And there are promises of an afterlife or reincarnations that offer us hope and comfort.’
    • ‘Beliefs about death and the afterlife correspond to the doctrines of the major religions.’
    • ‘Beliefs concerning the afterlife depend on the religion of the individual.’
    life after death, immortality, everlasting life
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  • 2The later part of a person's life.

    ‘they spent much of their afterlife trying to forget the fire’
    ‘the script chronicles the afterlives of the four principal characters’
    • ‘Sidhe never regretted doing it, even if her afterlife had not been as wonderful as she had hoped.’