Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb Immediately following this in time, order, or place; after this.
  • adverb In a future time or state.
  • noun The afterlife.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • That is to be; future.
  • noun A future state; the future.
  • After this time; in time to come; in some future time or state.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In time to come; in some future time or state.
  • noun A future existence or state.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In time to come; in some future time or state.
  • adverb From now on
  • noun A future existence or state.
  • noun Existence after death.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb in a subsequent part of this document or statement or matter etc.
  • adverb in a future life or state
  • noun the time yet to come
  • adverb following this in time or order or place; after this
  • noun life after death

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English hræfter.

Examples

  • If the hereafter is anything like its filmic namesake, then it will turn out to be glacially slow, eternally boring, and pointless, with seemingly random plot lines aimlessly wandering about the ethereal landscape.

    Michael Shermer: The Eternally Boring Hereafter

  • If the hereafter is anything like its filmic namesake, then it will turn out to be glacially slow, eternally boring, and pointless, with seemingly random plot lines aimlessly wandering about the ethereal landscape.

    Michael Shermer: The Eternally Boring Hereafter

  • If the hereafter is anything like its filmic namesake, then it will turn out to be glacially slow, eternally boring, and pointless, with seemingly random plot lines aimlessly wandering about the ethereal landscape.

    Michael Shermer: The Eternally Boring Hereafter

  • If the hereafter is anything like its filmic namesake, then it will turn out to be glacially slow, eternally boring, and pointless, with seemingly random plot lines aimlessly wandering about the ethereal landscape.

    Michael Shermer: The Eternally Boring Hereafter

  • Indeed that refusal, which removes any political legitimacy from the Treaty and from any further act of integration hereafter, is likely further to poison our relationship with the EU as any government trying to propel us into such integration will lack the authority of and consent of the British people so to do.

    Archive 2008-03-23

  • Indeed that refusal, which removes any political legitimacy from the Treaty and from any further act of integration hereafter, is likely further to poison our relationship with the EU as any government trying to propel us into such integration will lack the authority of and consent of the British people so to do.

    Arrogant Sarkozy Forgets That Government Requires Consent

  • The choice hereafter is more nearly up to us as individuals than it has ever been before, which is to say that our responsibilities have never been greater.

    Obscenity, Censorship, and the First Amendment

  • The choice hereafter is more nearly up to us as individuals than it has ever been before, which is to say that our responsibilities have never been greater.

    Obscenity, Censorship, and the First Amendment

  • The snowball effect for all industries and products hereafter is yet to come.

    Dell learns a lesson « BuzzMachine

  • At any rate, the choice hereafter is more nearly up to us as individuals than it has ever been before, which is to say that our responsibilities have never been greater.

    The Obscenity Business

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