Consider terminus the end of the line. Whether it describes a train station, a goal, or an era — terminus refers to something’s final point.

Ancient Romans worshiped Terminus as the god of boundaries, even performing sacrifices in his honor to bless objects that marked borders. You probably don’t have to go that far if you just want to use the noun terminus. You can use it as a weighty way to indicate something is at the end of the line, such as the last stop on a bus or train route. It most often refers to the end of a transportation route, but it can also be used more generally to mark the end point of other things — such as a marriage or a project.

Definitions of terminus
  1. noun
    a place where something ends or is complete
    synonyms: end point, endpoint, termination
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    end, terminal
    either extremity of something that has length
  2. noun
    either end of a railroad or bus route
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    end, terminal
    either extremity of something that has length
  3. noun
    station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods
    synonyms: depot, terminal
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    air terminal, airport terminal
    a terminal that serves air travelers or air freight
    bus depot, bus station, bus terminal, coach station
    a terminal that serves bus passengers
    the positively charged terminal of a voltaic cell or storage battery that supplies current
    railroad station, railroad terminal, railway station, train depot, train station
    terminal where trains load or unload passengers or goods
    subway station
    a terminal where subways load and unload passengers
    flag stop, way station, whistle stop
    a small railway station between the principal stations or a station where the train stops only on a signal
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    a facility equipped with special equipment and personnel for a particular purpose
  4. noun
    the ultimate goal for which something is done
    synonyms: destination
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    end, goal
    the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it
  5. noun
    (architecture) a statue or a human bust or an animal carved out of the top of a square pillar; originally used as a boundary marker in ancient Rome
    synonyms: term, terminal figure
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    a sculpture representing a human or animal
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