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

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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


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 immortal Louis tells of his life as a vampire recruited by Lestat in 1791 Louisiana. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 Their deaths will open a gap in which will materialize a vision of the monk’s immortal self. Brandon Shimoda, Harper's magazine, "The Fruits of Suffering," 19 Aug. 2019 Programmers are human, but mathematics is immortal. Quanta Magazine, "Cryptography That Can’t Be Hacked," 2 Apr. 2019 The new Iron Sky film posits that the Earth is hollow and home to the Vril, a race of shapeshifting immortal aliens who have been living in the planet’s core since the time of the dinosaurs. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "In the sci-fi spoof Iron Sky: The Coming Race, Alien Hitler rides a T-Rex to war," 17 July 2019 Armstrong's first words on the surface, now immortal, were at the time a bit confusing. Jeffrey Kluger, CBS News, "To the Moon! A chronicle of mankind's greatest adventure," 14 July 2019 New Orleans is one of North America’s oldest existing cities, but that doesn’t mean it’s immortal. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Tropical Storm Barry Pits New Orleans Against Water—Again," 12 July 2019 In the immortal words of my kick-butt mother, who is 84 and has beaten cancer twice, anything is possible. K.c. Johnson,, "Bulls Q&A: Who will make the biggest impact this season? Will Lauri Markkanen be the focal point of the offense?," 11 July 2019 But Saturday, Lynne will return, bringing his immortal songs to Portland’s Moda Center. Nathan Powers,, "ELO’s Jeff Lynne headed to Portland, playing his hits and feeling cool," 25 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

They are not venerated immortals in our cultural memory, but relegated to history books as warnings, reminding us not to repeat the past. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: There is no gray area in Stapleton name debate (8/30/19)," 1 Sep. 2019 Sale got one more out, then gave up hard singles to immortals Kyle Higashioka and Breyvic Valera. Dan Shaughnessy,, "Collapsing Red Sox more about MIA stars than missed calls," 3 Aug. 2019 An upcoming film called The Eternals features Lauren Ridloff as part of a very attractive ensemble of moody immortals. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Marvel’s Diverse Universe: raceAhead," 22 July 2019 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,, "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,, "Summer of Showtime: Why All Eyes Will Be on the Lakers," 17 Apr. 2018

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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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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



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


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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