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Eon

E'ON

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Noun.
[Gr. age, duration.] In the platonic philosophy, a virtue, attribute or perfection. The Platonists represented the deity as an assemblage of eons. The Gnostics considered eons as certain substantial powers or divine natures emanating from the Supreme Deity, and performing various parts in the operations of the universe.

Definition 2022


eon

eon

See also: EON, eón, éon, e-on, and ΕΟΝ

English

Alternative forms

  • aeon (chiefly British or Gnostic)
  • æon (dated, chiefly British or Gnostic)

Noun

eon (plural eons)

  1. (US) Eternity.
  2. A period of 1,000,000,000 years.
    • 2012 January 1, Robert L. Dorit, “Rereading Darwin”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 1, page 23:
      We live our lives in three dimensions for our threescore and ten allotted years. Yet every branch of contemporary science, from statistics to cosmology, alludes to processes that operate on scales outside of human experience: the millisecond and the nanometer, the eon and the light-year.
  3. (geology) The longest time period used in geology.
  4. (US, informal, hyperbolic) A long period of time.
    It's been eons since we last saw each other.
  5. (Gnosticism, usually spelled aeon or æon) A spirit being emanating from the Godhead.

Derived terms

  • Archean eon
  • eonian
  • temporal æon

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Anagrams


Norwegian

Etymology

From Latin, from Ancient Greek αἰών (aiṓn, age).

Noun

eon m

  1. eon; eternity
  2. (geology) eon
  3. (informal, hyperbolically) eon
  4. A period of 1,000,000,000 years.
  5. (Gnosticism) eon

Inflection

References

  • eon” in The Ordnett Dictionary

Serbo-Croatian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ěoːn/
  • Hyphenation: e‧on

Noun

èōn m (Cyrillic spelling ѐо̄н)

  1. eon

Declension


Swedish

Noun

eon c

  1. eon; eternity
  2. (geology) eon

Declension

Inflection of eon 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative eon eonen eoner eonerna
Genitive eons eonens eoners eonernas