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eternal

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adjective eter·nal \i-ˈtər-nəl\

Simple Definition of eternal

  • : having no beginning and no end in time : lasting forever

  • : existing at all times : always true or valid

  • : seeming to last forever

Full Definition of eternal

  1. 1 a :  having infinite duration :  everlasting <eternal damnation> b :  of or relating to eternity c :  characterized by abiding fellowship with God <good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? — Mark 10:17(Revised Standard Version)>

  2. 2 a :  continued without intermission :  perpetual <an eternal flame> b :  seemingly endless <eternal delays>

  3. 3 archaic :  infernal <some eternal villain … devised this slander — Shakespeare>

  4. 4 :  valid or existing at all times :  timeless <eternal verities>

eter·nal·ize play \-nə-ˌlīz\ transitive verb
eter·nal·ly play \-nəl-ē\ adverb
eter·nal·ness noun

Examples of eternal

  1. the eternal flames of hell

  2. in search of eternal wisdom

  3. When will his eternal whining stop?



Origin of eternal

Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin aeternalis, from Latin aeternus eternal, from aevum age, eternity — more at aye


First Known Use: 14th century


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eternal

noun eter·nal

Definition of eternal

  1. 1 capitalized :  god 1 —used with the

  2. 2 :  something eternal



1573

First Known Use of eternal

1573




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