hereafter O.E. heræfter (adv.) "in the future; later on;" see HERE (Cf. here) + AFTER (Cf. after). Meaning "after death" is mid-14c. As a noun, "time in the future," from 1540s. Meaning "a future world, the world to come" is from 1702.

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