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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Joanne Patchell Hurley, 79 of Wethersfield beloved wife of Philip D. Hurley entered into eternal peace at home on Wednesday, June 27th at home after a 9 year battle with Lewy Body Dementia. courant.com, "Joanne Margaret Hurley," 28 June 2018 There are some beauty products that everyone knows are eternal best-sellers, like Maybelline Great Lash Mascara and Weleda Skin Food. Marci Robin, Allure, "The Body Shop’s Charcoal Mask Is Sold Once Every 15 Seconds," 18 May 2019 Researchers spent months getting to the bottom of an eternal question: Is my cat ignoring me? Brianna Abbott, WSJ, "There Is Now Scientific Proof Your Cat Is Ignoring You," 4 Apr. 2019 With mindfulness, the goal is to focus on the present moment, the eternal now, as the result of transient thoughts and feelings. Robert M. Thorson, WSJ, "‘Timefulness’ Review: Thinking in Eons," 30 Dec. 2018 Of course, the eternal question still remains: Who are Rey's parents? Adam Schubak, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About Star Wars Episode IX," 17 Sep. 2018 Our eternal style icons have announced that beginning in November, their Elizabeth and James line will be available in 1,150 Kohl's stores and Kohls.com. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s Elizabeth and James Line Is Coming to Kohl’s," 11 Apr. 2019 The ritual celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, which speaks to Christianity’s most fundamental belief: The Lord has risen, defeating death and bringing salvation and eternal life to everyone who puts their faith in him. Morin Bishop, Woman's Day, "What’s an Easter Sunrise Service? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 22 Mar. 2019 Fashions fade, sisterhood is eternal Too glam to give a damn Saturday is for shopping with your sister Forget the rules. Vara Gianna, Seventeen, "46 Instagram Captions for Sisters That Are Perfect for Your Next Fire Pic," 20 Mar. 2019

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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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The first known use of eternal was in the 14th century

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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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