im·​per·​ish·​able (ˌ)im-ˈper-i-shə-bəl How to pronounce imperishable (audio)
: not perishable or subject to decay
: enduring or occurring forever
imperishable fame
imperishability noun
imperishable noun
imperishableness noun
imperishably adverb

Examples of imperishable in a Sentence

the belief that through military glory one could achieve imperishable fame
Recent Examples on the Web Published a century ago, the poet’s secular meditation on the Christian sabbath considers the human longing for ‘some imperishable bliss’ amid a culture of waning religiosity. Daniel Akst, WSJ, 15 Sep. 2023 These days humans are the ones feeling entitled and imperishable — despite an accelerating climate crisis and a deteriorating social fabric, especially in the United States. Cory Oldweiler,, 6 Oct. 2022 Meanwhile, Ron stays still, marooned in the crowd, and trapped between his duty as an officer of the law and his deep, imperishable faith in the black cause. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 But this imperishable moment is sometimes caused by a phenomenon slightly rarer than a setting sun: hundreds of thousands of starlings gathering to accentuate the inevitable darkness of nightfall in a flying formation called a murmuration. Lauryn Hill, Wired, 5 Feb. 2021 Two ancient skeletons that have become a symbol of imperishable love have both been identified as men. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 12 Sep. 2019 The imperishable rock legend Iggy Pop is back with his eighteenth studio album, Free. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 6 Sep. 2019 Today that sentiment is as forgettable as Rachmaninoff is imperishable. Joseph Horowitz, WSJ, 17 Sep. 2018 These imperishable readings document standards of singing and operatic orchestral performance unattainable today. Joseph Horowitz, WSJ, 23 Aug. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of imperishable was circa 1585

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“Imperishable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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im·​per·​ish·​able (ˈ)im-ˈper-ish-ə-bəl How to pronounce imperishable (audio)
imperishability noun
imperishably adverb

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