Descendants vs Posterity - What's the difference?

descendants | posterity |


As nouns the difference between descendants and posterity

is that descendants is (descendant) while posterity is all the future generations, especially the descendants of a specific person.

descendants

English

Noun

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    posterity

    English

    Noun

    (-)
  • All the future generations, especially the descendants of a specific person.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , title=(The China Governess) , chapter=1 citation , passage=The original family who had begun to build a palace to rival Nonesuch had died out before they had put up little more than the gateway, so that the actual structure which had come down to posterity retained the secret magic of a promise rather than the overpowering splendour of a great architectural achievement.}}

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