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Synonyms for life

noun animation, spirit


Antonyms for life

Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the
Philip Lief Group.

Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the
Philip Lief Group.

Word Origin & History

Old English life (dative lif) “existence, lifetime, way of life, condition of being a living thing, opposite of death,” from Proto-Germanic *libam (cf. Old Norse lif “life, body,” Dutch lijf “body,” Old High German lib “life,” German Leib “body”), properly “continuance, perseverance,” from PIE *leip- “to remain, persevere, continue; stick, adhere” (see leave (v.)). Much of the modern range of meanings was present in Old English. Meaning “property which distinguishes living from non-living matter” is from 1560s. Sense of “vitality, energy” is from 1580s. Extended 1703 to “term of duration (of inanimate objects).”

Life-jacket is from 1840; life-preserver from 1630s of anything that is meant to save a life, 1803 of devices worn to prevent drowning. Life-saver is from 1883, figurative use from 1909, as a brand of hard sugar candy, from 1912, so called for shape. Life-form is from 1861. Life cycle is from 1855.

Example Sentences for life

They rile me—that talk about ‘people in the humbler walks of life.’

Your life must be saved; even if you reprove me for the means.

Once it was that he had felt a sudden great longing for the life of a gay city.

It wa’n’t good for him to be holed up out there in them hills all his life.

I feel the breath of life taken away from me by the multitude.

That shows you what life in a great city does for the morally weak.

On the contrary, indeed, he appeared to joy immensely in Percival’s way of life.

Aspasia will tell you I have been a beautiful but idle dreamer all my life.

I think this blessing comes from the Divine, by reason of the innocence of his life.

The man who has just saved his life can no doubt obtain any favour.


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