aeon

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See also: æon

English[edit]

Noun[edit]

aeon (plural aeons)

  1. (Australia, New Zealand, Britain) 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]

Borrowed 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 Aeons

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative aeōn aeōnēs
genitive aeōnis aeōnum
dative aeōnī aeōnibus
accusative aeōnem aeōnēs
ablative aeōne aeōnibus
vocative aeōn aeōnēs

References[edit]

  • aeon in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “aeon”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • aeon” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • aeon in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers