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



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

Other Words from immortal


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for immortal

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 first immortal cell line for medical research, valued by scientists worldwide to this day, was created with the cells from Lacks’ body. Jeff Sturgeon,, 14 Feb. 2022 Although called the immortal jellyfish, T. dorhnii doesn’t live forever. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 30 Aug. 2022 In How to Take Over the World, North outlines practical ways to set up a cool secret base; start your own country; hold the weather hostage; destroy the Internet; and become immortal, dutifully summing up the pros and cons of each scheme. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 17 Mar. 2022 The message of the song is part-and-parcel with the album concept, in a semi-meta kind of way, about what’s mortal and what’s immortal. Chris Willman, Variety, 16 Aug. 2022 The Rings of Power is primarily based on the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, specifically the description of Middle Earth’s Second Age, and includes younger versions of some of the immortal elven characters in the original trilogy. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Aug. 2022 Unlike the Christian religion that followed, the Greeks liked their immortal gods to be fallible and fleshy, terrifying and tantalizing at the same time. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 11 Aug. 2022 The Sandman follows an immortal being who is also the king of dreams, and he's known as, well, Dream. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 5 Aug. 2022 The protagonist of The Sandman is Dream (Tom Sturridge), an immortal being who embodies the concept of storytelling. Christian Holub,, 5 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ringo Starr and Harry Nilsson headline this unhinged British musical, in which Merlin the Magician (Starr, who also produced) tries to convince Nilsson's reluctant immortal to assume the family throne. Declan Gallagher,, 27 Aug. 2022 This sets the long-haired immortal with bulging biceps on a journey to self-discovery, spurred by the stakes in this installment of Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: the lives of all of the gods in the universe. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 5 July 2022 Incredibly, this specific question even once came up regarding optioning her 1997 novel My Soul to Keep, in which the protagonist is a 500-year-old immortal, who, as such, experienced enslavement in the Antebellum south. Essence, 15 Oct. 2021 The film also stars Luca Marinelli (Trust, Martin Eden) as Nicky and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, Doctor Strange) as Copley, who seeks to capture the immortals so they can be weaponized. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 21 May 2020 Learn from millennia of aspiring immortals, syphilitics, and sushi over-consumers, and just say no. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 19 Feb. 2020 Created by Celestials, the Eternals are a team of godlike immortals with special powers who come out of hiding when their mortal enemies threaten the safety of the Earth. Ineye Komonibo,, 13 Feb. 2020 And the hallowed golf immortals—like U.S. Open champs Nicklaus, Watson and Woods—that shadow your every shot? David Weiss, WSJ, 22 Jan. 2020 The forthcoming superhero movie is due for release on November 6, 2020, and follows a group of immortals with superpowers called the Eternals and their evil counterparts, the Deviants. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of immortal


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for immortal


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

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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.



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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