单词辨析 | entity,eternity


  • entity
  • eternity




含义:n. 实体,独立存在体

英文短含义:If your little sister turns her lemonade stand into a lemonade empire, she might incorporate it as a company. Under the law, it would be considered an entity, or a separate being for purposes of government control./


英文长含义:The word entity originally meant “being, existence,” and was borrowed from Medieval Latin entitas, from Latin ens, irregular form of esse “to be, exist.” The suffix –ity means “quality or state.” Medieval Christian philosophers, influenced by the Church Fathers and Aristotle, discussed the concept of ens “abstract being” versus esse “actual being.”

实体一词最初的意思是“存在,存在”,是从中世纪拉丁语 entitas 借来的,来自拉丁语 ens,esse 的不规则形式“存在,存在”。后缀 –ity 表示“质量或状态”。受教父和亚里士多德影响的中世纪基督教哲学家讨论了 ens “抽象存在”与 esse “实际存在”的概念。

例句1:The global trade network of today is based on our trust in such fictional entities as the dollar, the Federal Reserve Bank, and the totemic trademarks of corporations.
– from Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

例句2:His new priority, now that Tom White had established Partners in Health as a legal fund-raising entity, was to find money for expanding his clinic.
– from Mountains Beyond Mountains

例句3:But while everyone else in our freshman class had gone to the same middle school and entered Lynbrook with their cliques already well established, my friend group and I were the unknown entities.
– from Americanized


含义:n. 无穷无尽的时间;永恒,永久;永生;未来,来世;死

英文短含义:Eternity means “forever,” like living for all eternity. Or it can mean something that seems like it will go on for forever, like waiting an eternity for your sister to get out of the bathroom./


英文长含义:Eternity means “time without end, or infinity,” like people who promise to love one another for eternity — they aren’t planning to ever split up. When you put the word an before eternity, you can use it to describe a very long — too long — period of time, so that you can use it to complain. For example, you might use the phrase “it felt like an eternity,” after waiting twenty minutes to get an ice cream cone.


例句1:It would be a perfect moment to freeze in time and make into a little diorama that I could inhabit for an eternity.
– from Internment

例句2:The phone shakes and buzzes on the edge of my mattress for an eternity.
– from How It Went Down

例句3:It had only been a few weeks since I had seen them, but it felt like an eternity.
– from Long Walk to Freedom

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