Definition of eternal
1a : having infinite duration : everlasting eternal damnationb : of or relating to eternityc : characterized by abiding fellowship with God good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? — Mark 10:17 (Revised Standard Version)
2a : continued without intermission : perpetual an eternal flameb : seemingly endless eternal delays
3 archaic : infernal some eternal villain … devised this slander — William Shakespeare
4 : valid or existing at all times : timeless eternal verities
eternalizeplay \i-ˈtər-nə-ˌlīz\ transitive verb
eternallyplay \i-ˈtər-nəl-ē\ adverb
Examples of eternal in a Sentence
the eternal flames of hell
in search of eternal wisdom
When will his eternal whining stop?
Recent Examples of eternal from the Web
My favorite sightings were the men of all ages, builds, and races, who wore durable blue-collar workwear elevated as eternal classics by Junya Watanabe.
Genius supertemporal creations in all ages will excite people because any person tends, even unconsciously, to touch the great and eternal.
Israel considers the city its eternal, undivided capital while Palestinians want the eastern sector as the capital of their future state.
This is the time of eternal optimism around football teams.
Indeed, just as the holiness of Jerusalem comes from God and is, therefore, eternal, similarly the holiness of all of the land of Israel lasts forever when impacted by Jerusalem.
Chinese companies growing appetite tapping an unconventional source of financing might not be a source of eternal bliss.
The three-phase project is supposed to be finished in just six years (developers are eternal optimists).
Jewelry is as close as some people get to anything eternal.
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Definition of eternal
1 capitalized : god 1 —used with the
2 : something eternal
First Known Use of eternal
ETERNAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of eternal for English Language Learners
: having no beginning and no end in time : lasting forever
: existing at all times : always true or valid
: seeming to last forever
ETERNAL Defined for Kids
Definition of eternal for Students
1 : lasting forever : having no beginning and no end
2 : continuing without interruption : seeming to last forever eternal patience
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