aeon

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English[edit]

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Noun[edit]

aeon (plural aeons)

  1. (Australia, New Zealand, UK) Alternative spelling of eon.
    • 1892, Rudyard Kipling, When Earth's Last Picture is Painted (L’Envoi to 'The Seven Seas'):
      When Earth's last picture is painted, and the tubes are twisted and dried,/ When the oldest colors have faded, and the youngest critic has died,/ We shall rest, and, faith, we shall need it -- lie down for an aeon or two,/Till the Master of All Good Workmen shall put us to work anew.
  2. (Gnosticism, preferred spelling, with æon) A spirit being emanating from the Godhead.

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek αἰών (aiṓn, age, eternity)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

aeōn m (genitive aeōnis); second declension

  1. (Late Latin) age, eternity
  2. (Late Latin) the Gnostic Æons