Alife vs Living - What's the difference?

alife | living |

As nouns the difference between alife and living

is that alife is while living is (uncountable) the state of being alive.

As an adverb alife

is (obsolete) on one's life; dearly.

As a verb living is


As an adjective living is

having life.



Etymology 1

Compare (lief) dear.


  • (obsolete) On one's life; dearly.
  • I love that sport alife . — Beaumont and Fletcher.

    Etymology 2


  • References

    (Webster 1913)



    (wikipedia living)


  • Adjective

  • Having life.
  • * :
  • It is also pertinent to note that the current obvious decline in work on holarctic hepatics most surely reflects a current obsession with cataloging and with nomenclature of the organisms—as divorced from their study as living entities.
  • In use or existing.
  • Hunanese is a living language.
  • Of everyday life.
  • These living conditions are deplorable.
  • True to life.
  • This is the living image of Fidel Castro.
  • He almost beat the living daylights out of me.


    * dead * nonliving

    Derived terms

    * living death * living end * livingly * living room * living thing * living will


  • (uncountable) The state of being alive.
  • Financial means; a means of maintaining life; livelihood
  • What do you do for a living ?
  • A style of life.
  • plain living
  • (canon law) A position in a church (usually the Church of England) that has attached to it a source of income. The holder of the position receives its revenue for the performance of stipulated duties.
  • Derived terms

    * make a living


    * English intensifiers