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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ And the cast, leaping from aeon to aeon, does a remarkable job.
▪ For an aeon of time the words meant nothing.
▪ For our decade-conscious brains, an event that happens only once per aeon is so rare as to seem a major miracle.
▪ Minute after minute, aeon after aeon, Nothing lets up or develops.
▪ The seas powdering our bones like quartz, making sand, grinding our peace for us by the aeon.
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aeon \aeon\, AEon \[AE]"on\, n.

  1. A period of immeasurable duration. See Eon.

  2. (Gnosticism) a divine power or nature emanating from the Supreme Being and playing various roles in the operation of the universe.

    Syn: eon

  3. the longest division of geological time; two or more eras.

    Syn: eon

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1640s; see eon.


n. (context AU NZ British English) (alternative spelling of eon English)

  1. n. (Gnosticism) a divine power or nature emanating from the Supreme Being and playing various roles in the operation of the universe [syn: eon]

  2. the longest division of geological time [syn: eon]

  3. an immeasurably long period of time [syn: eon]


The word aeon , also spelled eon and æon ( in American English), originally meant "life", "vital force" or "being", "generation" or "a period of time", though it tended to be translated as "age" in the sense of "ages", "forever", "timeless" or "for eternity". It is a Latin transliteration from the koine Greek word (ho aion), from the archaic (aiwon). In Homer it typically refers to life or lifespan. Its latest meaning is more or less similar to the Sanskrit word kalpa and Hebrew word olam. A cognate Latin word aevum or aeuum (cf. ) for "age" is present in words such as longevity and mediaeval.

Although the term aeon may be used in reference to a period of a billion years (especially in geology, cosmology or astronomy), its more common usage is for any long, indefinite, period. Aeon can also refer to the four aeons on the Geologic Time Scale that make up the Earth's history, the Hadean, Archean, Proterozoic, and the current aeon Phanerozoic.

Aeon (disambiguation)

Aeon or æon means age, or alternatively forever or for eternity. It may also refer to:

Aeon (language school)

is a chain of English conversation teaching companies in Japan. It is considered one of the historical "Big Four" eikaiwa schools.

The company operates 320 branch schools throughout Japan, and maintains staff recruitment offices in New York City and Los Angeles.

In November 2013 it was reported that Aeon had approximately 100,000 students studying English.

AEON (company)

, commonly written AEON Co., Ltd., is the holding company of Æon Group. It has its headquarters in Mihama-ku, Chiba, Chiba Prefecture.

It operates all the AEON Retail Stores (formerly known as JUSCO supermarkets) directly in Japan. Meanwhile, AEON CO. (M) BHD operates all the AEON Retail Stores directly in Malaysia.

ÆON is the largest retailer in Asia. ÆON is a retail network comprising around 300 consolidated subsidiaries and 26 equity-method affiliated companies ranging from convenience stores " Ministop" and supermarkets to shopping malls and specialty stores, including Talbots. ÆON is Japan's single-largest shopping mall developer and operator.

Aeon (Thelema)

In the religion of Thelema, it is believed that the history of humanity can be divided into a series of aeons (also written æons), each of which was accompanied by its own forms of "magical and religious expression". The first of these was the Aeon of Isis, which Thelemites believed occurred during prehistory and which saw mankind worshipping a Great Goddess, symbolised by the ancient Egyptian deity Isis. In Thelemite beliefs, this was followed by the Aeon of Osiris, a period that took place in the classical and mediaeval centuries, when humanity worshipped a singular male god, symbolised by the Egyptian god Osiris, and was therefore dominated by patriarchal values. And finally the third aeon, the Aeon of Horus, which was controlled by the child god, symbolised by Horus. In this new aeon, Thelemites believe that humanity will enter a time of self-realization and self-actualization.

Within the Thelemite religion, each of these aeons is believed to be "characterized by their [own specific] magical formula", the use of which "is very important and fundamental to the understanding of ... Thelemic Magick".

Aeon (album)

Aeon is the second studio album by the Norwegian blackened death metal band Zyklon. It was released in 2003 through Candlelight Records.

Aeon (motors)

AEON is a leading exporter and manufacturer of ATVs, scooters and mini-bikes in Taiwan and is based in Tainan City, Taiwan.

Aeon (band)

Aeon is a death metal band that formed in Östersund, Sweden in 1999. The band comprises vocalist Tommy Dahlström, guitarists Sebastian Nilsson and Ronnie Björnström, bassist Tony Östman and drummer Emil Wiksten. The band released its debut album, Bleeding the False, in 2005; and the second album Rise to Dominate in 2007, after signing a record deal with Metal Blade Records. The band's third album, Path of Fire, was released in 2010 and Aeons Black in 2012.

According to AllMusic, Aeon plays an "uncommonly intense, technically proficient, high-velocity brand of death metal".

Aeon (song)

"Aeon" is a single by American chamber pop band Antony and the Johnsons, originally released as part of their third studio album The Crying Light. It was released on August 3 (UK/Europe) and August 4 (US) on CD, digital and 7" vinyl as a double A-sided single.

The single features a cover of Beyoncé's 2003 chart topping hit " Crazy in Love", a song they had previously covered during their live shows. A video for the cover premiered on August 14, 2009 via It was directed by Joie Iacono with footage of Pink Lady by James Elaine.

"Aeon" was performed on the Late Show with David Letterman on February 18, 2009. The song was covered by American indie rock band Cold War Kids for their eighth EP Tuxedos.

Aeon (Gnosticism)

In many Gnostic systems, various emanations of " God" are known by such names as One, Monad, Aion teleos (αἰών τέλεος "The Broadest Aeon"), Bythos ("depth or profundity", ), Proarkhe ("before the beginning", ), Arkhe ("the beginning", ), and Aeons. In different systems these emanations are differently named, classified, and described, but emanation theory is common to all forms of Gnosticism. In Basilidian Gnosis they are called sonships (υἱότητες huiotetes; sing.: υἱότης huiotes); according to Marcus, they are numbers and sounds; in Valentinianism they form male/female pairs called syzygies (Greek , from σύζυγοι syzygoi, lit. "yokings together").

This source of all being is an Aeon, in which an inner being dwells, known as Ennoea ("thought, intent", Greek ), Charis ("grace", Greek ), or Sige ("silence", Greek ). The split perfect being conceives the second Aeon, Nous ("mind", Greek Νους), within itself. Along with male Nous comes female Aeon Aletheia ("truth", Greek Αληθεια). These are the primary roots of Aeons. Complex hierarchies of Aeons are thus produced, sometimes to the number of thirty. These Aeons belong to a purely ideal, noumenal, intelligible, or supersensible world; they are immaterial, they are hypostatic ideas. Together with the source from which they emanate, they form Pleroma ("region of light", Greek ). The lowest regions of Pleroma are closest to darkness—that is, the physical world.

The transition from immaterial to material, from noumenal to sensible, is created by a flaw, passion, or sin in an Aeon. According to Basilides, it is a flaw in the last sonship; according to others the sin of the Great Archon, or Aeon-Creator, of the Universe; according to others it is the passion of the female Aeon Sophia, who emanates without her partner Aeon, resulting in the Demiurge (Greek ), a creature that should never have been. This creature does not belong to Pleroma, and the One emanates two savior Aeons, Christ and the Holy Spirit, to save humanity from the Demiurge. Christ then took a human form (Jesus), to teach humanity how to achieve Gnosis. The ultimate end of all Gnosis is μετάνοια metanoia, or repentance—undoing the sin of material existence and returning to Pleroma.

Aeons bear a number of similarities to Judaeo-Christian angels, including roles as servants and emanations of God, and existing as beings of light. In fact, certain Gnostic Angels, such as Armozel, are also Aeons. The Gnostic Gospel of Judas, recently found, purchased, held, and translated by the National Geographic Society, also mentions Aeons and speaks of Jesus' teachings about them.

Aeon (digital magazine)

Aeon is a digital magazine of ideas and culture, launched September 2012. Publishing new articles every weekday, Aeon describes itself as a publication which "asks the biggest questions and finds the freshest, most original answers, provided by world-leading authorities on science, philosophy and society."On 1 July 2016, Aeon became a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, in the categories of advancing culture and advancing education.

Aeon’s content consists of long-form, in-depth Essays, shorter Ideas pieces, and short documentaries under the banner of Aeon Video. It also runs a Conversations channel, where readers are invited to answer questions related to articles, and to contribute their own point of view.

Aeon was founded in London by Paul and Brigid Hains. It now has offices in London, Melbourne and New York.

Usage examples of "aeon".

Immortality treasures what we have been, what we are, and what we shall become in the huge aeons ahead of us.

The wheel moved a fingerbreadth, then a fingerbreadth more, with a shriek of metal forced into motion after aeons of inactivity.

Among my own people we call them Lijik Ganda, the Red Reivers An aeon ago they swept down upon us, and the slaughter drove us from our homeland and into sin and degradation.

His love for her had survived the ice age intact, like the beasts from vanished aeons that were always thawing out in the pages of comic books and going on rampages through the streets of Metropolis and Gotham and Empire City.

There was, for the Mercatoria, little point in having a network of super-fast travel connections scattered throughout the galaxy if your ships were too fat to fit, and so the proportions of war craft - the ultimate levers of power for the Mercatoria, just as they had been for all earlier imperia, semimperia and others who had thought to enforce their peace or impose their will on the galactic community over the aeons - were derived from the width of the channels they would have to negotiate.

Soon they began to climb into the black sky, and the gaseous metabolic wastes of the metazoa living inside them leached out, forming, over aeons, a rudimentary cloud ceiling.

With cascade-sequence re-recording and corrections, the Neptunian superconductive nerve tissue can retain a given personality for aeons.

I, Hugo Artemis Solon Saturnicus Reginald Arthur Rune, Magus to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Sprout, Twelfth Dan Grand Master of the deadly art of Dimac, Logos of the Aeon, Lord of the Dance, King of the Jungle, snake-charmer, unicyclist, three-way cross-channel swimmer, Mr Lover Lover, Wild Colonial Boy, and one Hell of a Holy Guru, being of the soundest mind ever lodged within the human form and signed in my own hand in the presence of His Royal Highness, Prince Albert Saxe Coburg Gothe, and our most Regal Majesty Victoria.

I know that it almost conquered the Universe aeons ago, ere the god Valkyr sealed it within the Iron Tower.

And then - as the aeons pass and the continents, oceans, mountain ranges and terrain all drift - why are not so many more migratory creatures found to be wildly adrift in their navigation?

Mind, spanning aeons, which hold the world in balance, removing dead wood, and vitalizing and renewing harmony between all forms?

Just as springtime possesses a vibrancy of fresh life unsurpassed by any other season, just so - say the seers - is there an ebb and flow of the Life Force, but spread out over vast aeons of time.

There the sediment accumulates over aeons, cleverly preventing the toxic over-mineralization of the sea, while at the same time providing the material for the rocks of future continents and mountains as the planetary surface gets recycled.

Over the span of aeons, this store of karma becomes a great weight upon the soul, keeping it bound to the wheel of birth and death.

Although I suspect that, after twenty aeons, few stones have been left unturned.