immortality

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From Middle English immortalitee, immortalite, from Old French immortalité, from Latin immortālitās.

Morphologically immortal +‎ -ity

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌɪmɔːˈtæləti/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌɪmɔːɹˈtæləti/

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immortality (countable and uncountable, plural immortalities)

  1. (religion, mythology, biology) The condition of being immortal.
    1. Never dying
      In Greek mythology, Tithonus was granted immortality but not eternal youth.
      • 1837, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Ethel Churchill, volume 1, page 201:
        In the little, as in the great things of life, are to be found the type and sign of our immortality. Every hope that looks forward is pledge of the hereafter to which it refers. Who rests content with the present? None. We have all deep within us a craving for the future.
    2. Being remembered forever
      • 2018 May 4, Tom English, “Steven Gerrard: A 'seriously clever or recklessly stupid' Rangers appointment”, in BBC Sport[1]:
        You have to salute Gerrard's bravery in accepting the challenge of trying to turn Rangers around given that he has zero experience in senior management. Immortality beckons if he does it.

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