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

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Maggie uses Scrabble tiles to look into the universe—to track Charlie Manx (Zachary Quinto), a somewhat immortal being who feeds off of the souls of children. Sydney Scott, Essence, "From YouTube To AMC: Jahkara Smith Makes Her TV Debut With 'NOS4A2'," 1 July 2019 The political commentator and radio host presents the father of our country as a real-life superhero who, while imperfect, was perfect for the time and whose legacy renders him immortal. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Fourth of July reading guide: Best-sellers about Hamilton, Jefferson, Washington and more," 30 June 2019 After winning the first of three championships in four years with the Beijing Ducks, the capital city's other CBA franchise, Marbury was swiftly elevated to living-immortal status. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "How Do You Say 'Cheesecake Factory' In Mandarin? Behind the Scenes of Life in the Chinese Basketball Association," 27 June 2019 Also, there was familiarity with the gumiho as an immortal paranormal creature that preys on man is similar to the Western mythology of the werewolf (also connected to the moon) and also the vampire. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "Move Over, Vampires — There's A New Mythological Creature In YA Fiction & She Is Foxy," 25 June 2019 The Eternals follows the story of a group of near-immortal superheroes known as Eternals who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Angelina Jolie Is Focused on Her Kids and a Return to the Spotlight as She Turns 44," 4 June 2019 The immortal Kuhlman got another softie by Binnington with 10 minutes left. Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, "Now the Bruins can give Boston a third championship this sports season," 9 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The only thing that kept Pei from becoming one of the immortals was his paucity of artistic talent. Martin Filler, The New York Review of Books, "I.M. Pei: Establishment Modernism Lite," 24 May 2019 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

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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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