immortal

adjective
im·​mor·​tal | \ (ˌ)i-ˈmȯr-tᵊl How to pronounce immortal (audio) \

Definition of immortal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : exempt from death the immortal gods
2 : exempt from oblivion : imperishable immortal fame
3 : connected with or relating to immortality
4 : able or tending to divide indefinitely immortal cell lines produced in culture

immortal

noun

Definition of immortal (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : one exempt from death
b immortals or Immortals plural : the gods of the Greek and Roman pantheon
2a : a person whose fame is lasting
b capitalized : any of the 40 members of the Académie Française

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Other Words from immortal

Adjective

immortally \ (ˌ)i-​ˈmȯr-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce immortally (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for immortal

Synonyms: Adjective

ceaseless, dateless, deathless, endless, eternal, everlasting, permanent, perpetual, undying, unending

Antonyms: Adjective

impermanent, mortal, temporary, transient

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Examples of immortal in a Sentence

Adjective

the age-old quest for immortal fame vowed that his hatred of that family was immortal and that someday he'd get his revenge

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The project is based on the comic written by Jack Kirby, which focuses on immortal beings with superpowers called Eternals and their counterparts, the Deviants. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Could Be Starring in a Marvel Superhero Movie," 28 Mar. 2019 Okay, that’s everybody who’s functionally immortal! Scott Meslow, GQ, "Westworld Finale: Let's Break Down Every Bonkers Thing That Happened," 25 June 2018 All of a sudden, your characters are immortal beings. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "The Good Place Creator Michael Schur on How He Made Philosophy a Pop Culture Phenomenon," 6 Dec. 2018 Like Buffy, Wynonna becomes romantically entangled with a much older immortal being, Doc Holliday (Tim Rozon, Schitt's Creek). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Wynonna Earp’s wild season 3 finale takes the series to a whole new level," 2 Oct. 2018 Imagine being chased through a Mad Max hellscape by immortal butterflies the size of elephants. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "What Will Be the Last Fish?," 10 Dec. 2018 But much like the fate of one’s immortal soul, the show’s success was by no means a sure thing. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "The Good Place Creator Michael Schur on How He Made Philosophy a Pop Culture Phenomenon," 6 Dec. 2018 While the series on Netflix has ended, the immortal Iron Fist will live on. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "In a shocking move, Netflix cancels Marvel’s Iron Fist after two seasons," 13 Oct. 2018 With noise canceling off, Beyerdynamic’s headphones go for 46 hours, while Sony’s probably become immortal and render the whole USB-C talk above redundant. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Wireless headphones are improving faster than anything else in tech," 31 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Teams spent like drunken sailors, lavishing long-term, big-money deals on not-so-immortals such as Bismack Biyombo and Timofey Mozgov. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Bulls plan patient approach in free agency, will focus first on re-signing Zach LaVine and David Nwaba," 30 June 2018 Not all the performances from the nineteen-eighties are at the same level, but the best ones, recorded live at concerts, put him among the immortals. David Denby, The New Yorker, "Leonard Bernstein Through His Daughter’s Eyes," 16 June 2018 Ultimately, in Season 5, Episode 11, writers have seemingly given Klaroline shippers a sense of closure, finally allowing the two immortals to admit their true feelings to one another. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, ""The Originals" Characters Klaus and Caroline Show Signs of an Abusive Relationship," 18 Apr. 2018 On the second day of the last week of the Lakers rebuild, the immortals gathered on a makeshift stage outside Staples Center to toast the unveiling of Elgin Baylor’s statue. Lee Jenkins, SI.com, "Summer of Showtime: Why All Eyes Will Be on the Lakers," 17 Apr. 2018 Yeats’s speaker has gained prophetic vision through sharing in the drink of the Country of the Young—the land of the immortals, in Irish myth. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "“My Sparkling Brain”: Dealing with Multiple Sclerosis at Age 27," 2 Mar. 2018 The immortals in Highlander believed there could only be one. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "For the NHL's Two Sebastian Ahos, the Similarities Run Deeper Than Their Name," 21 Feb. 2018 Scooter Gennett’s found a way to put himself in the company of some of the game’s immortals. C. Trent Rosecrans, Cincinnati.com, "Scooter Gennett's numbers put him in elite company," 22 Sep. 2017 Critics raise many objections to transhumanism, including overpopulation and the socioeconomic divide between mortals and elite immortals, which some think might beget dystopia. Joelle Renstrom, Slate Magazine, "Orphan Black Was Never About Cloning," 13 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of immortal

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for immortal

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin immortalis, from in- + mortalis mortal

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More Definitions for immortal

immortal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of immortal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not capable of dying : living forever
used to say that something will last or be remembered forever

immortal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of immortal (Entry 2 of 2)

: an immortal being (such as a god or goddess)
: a famous person who will never be forgotten

immortal

adjective
im·​mor·​tal | \ i-ˈmȯr-tᵊl How to pronounce immortal (audio) \

Kids Definition of immortal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: living or lasting forever Humans are not immortal.

immortal

noun

Kids Definition of immortal (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a being that lives forever : a god or goddess
2 : a person of lasting fame baseball immortals

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