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eternal

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adjective eter·nal \ i-ˈtər-nᵊl \

Definition of eternal

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 a :continued without intermission :perpetual
  • an eternal flame
b :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

eternalize

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eternally

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eternalness

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Examples of eternal in a Sentence

  1. the eternal flames of hell

  2. in search of eternal wisdom

  3. When will his eternal whining stop?

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Origin and Etymology of eternal

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


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eternal

noun

Definition of eternal

1 capitalized :god 1 used with the
2 :something eternal

First Known Use of eternal

1573



ETERNAL Defined for English Language Learners

eternal

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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

eternal

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adjective eter·nal \ i-ˈtər-nᵊl \

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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