eternal

adjective
eter·​nal | \ i-ˈtər-nᵊl How to pronounce eternal (audio) \

Definition of eternal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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)
2a : 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

eternal

noun

Definition of eternal (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from eternal

Adjective

eternalize \ i-​ˈtər-​nə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce eternalize (audio) \ transitive verb
eternally \ i-​ˈtər-​nᵊl-​ē How to pronounce eternally (audio) \ adverb
eternalness noun

Examples of eternal in a Sentence

Adjective

the eternal flames of hell in search of eternal wisdom When will his eternal whining stop?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

As society ages, the promise of eternal youth becomes all the more seductive. The Economist, "The business of the body," 11 July 2019 The song, with lyrics about not taking a romantic partner for granted, is that eternal. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al.com, "Shoals songwriting icon talks Aretha, royalty checks," 8 July 2019 One bag sports images of strawberries, a fruit as perishable as plastic is eternal. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: At U-Md. space, “UN/Sustainable” contemplates the environment," 28 June 2019 After three weeks in quarantine (to prevent a purely hypothetical moon-germ contagion), the three Apollo 11 astronauts got their ticker-tape parade and eternal glory. Anchorage Daily News, "How did NASA put men on the moon? One harrowing step at a time.," 23 June 2019 This conception of liberty is severed from the moral foundations of democracy: loyalty to country; the love, support, and discipline of the family; and the eternal verities conveyed by traditional religion. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Democracy’s Moral Foundations: Recovering Our ‘Constitution in Full’," 20 June 2019 More experts were predicting eternal greatness for Woods after Pebble in 2000 than after Augusta in ’97. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's TML: Musings on O.J. Simpson 25 years later, and replacing a putter," 10 June 2019 New buds sprang eternal from the guano heap of Twitter, and thus continued the Outrage Circle of Life. New York Times, "News of an ‘Outrage’ Used to Mean Something Very, Very Different," 23 May 2018 The veteran forward's goal on the stroke of half time was the difference on an afternoon when hope still sprung eternal for both of these clubs on the opening day of this term. SI.com, "Stoke City vs Everton Preview: Previous Meeting, Recent Form, Team News & More," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of eternal

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for eternal

Adjective

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

adjective

English Language Learners 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

eternal

adjective
eter·​nal | \ i-ˈtər-nᵊl How to pronounce eternal (audio) \

Kids Definition of eternal

1 : lasting forever : having no beginning and no end
2 : continuing without interruption : seeming to last forever eternal patience

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