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 Granted, belief in the tragedy of eternal damnation is fertile soil. Nicholas Frankovich, National Review, "The Eternal Debate over the Nature of Hell," 12 Sep. 2019 Which prompts some eternal questions, like which members of Monday's starting XI could do a job for the Three Lions propah? SI.com, "Predicting Who Will Be Called Up From the England Under-21 XI in the Near Future," 10 Sep. 2019 The cemetery considers the move to offer pet burial a natural extension of a wildly popular members-only dog-walking group that for the past two decades has breathed life into this place of eternal rest. Clarence Williams, chicagotribune.com, "District of Columbia’s first pet cemetery to open at a historic graveyard," 11 July 2019 That’s one quality the Soul Squad aims to imbue in the new test subjects for this not-so-modest experiment that could save Team Cockroach (plus all of humanity) from eternal torture via butthole spiders and spastic dentistry. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "Inside The Good Place's final season: 'This will be worth it'," 16 Sep. 2019 The winners receive eternal Ig Nobel fame and a ten-trillion dollar bill from Zimbabwe. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Cubed wombat poop, why your left nut runs hot, among Ig Nobel winners," 12 Sep. 2019 Shell pasta is the eternal supreme ruler of mac & cheese vessels. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "The new fried chicken in Huntsville you have to try," 12 Sep. 2019 My Name is one of many smart spins on the biopic, an eternal favorite for Oscar season and fall festivals alike. David Sims, The Atlantic, "TIFF 2019: Nine Movies to Pay Attention to This Awards Season," 10 Sep. 2019 The village’s memorial includes a steel beam salvaged from the World Trade Center, as well as an eternal flame, fountain and etched glass panels inscribed with the names of the victims. Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, "Remembering 9/11: Events planned throughout Palm Beach County," 29 Aug. 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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24 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for eternal

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

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eternal

adjective
How to pronounce eternal (audio)

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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