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 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 Eternals of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are a group of near-immortal super-beings who came to earth centuries ago to protect humanity from creatures known as the Deviants. Nick Romano,, 15 Oct. 2021 On that series, which starred Ellie Kemper in the title role and also featured the immortal Carol Kane, Burgess played Titus Andromedon., 11 Oct. 2021 This fantasy drama, also called Goblin, stars Gong Yoo as Kim Shin, an immortal goblin who has lived for 900 years, and searches for a human wife who can end his life. Quinci Legardye, Marie Claire, 5 Oct. 2021 The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest space outing will follow an immortal alien race, called the Eternals, who have secretly lived on Earth for thousands of years. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 5 Oct. 2021 Gong Yoo plays an unbearably hot 939-year-old Goblin who spends his immortal life scouring the earth for his Goblin Bride. Amanda Rosenberg, Vulture, 1 Oct. 2021 The immortal Pixar toon, which debuted as a Disney+ original (along with theatrical releases in non-participating territories) in mid-June, nabbed 219 million minutes in its 12th weekend of Disney+ availability. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Washington set the bar for a generation of young actors by playing a petty criminal turned immortal revolutionary. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 28 Sep. 2021 Until very recently, many thought of them as nearly immortal. Los Angeles Times, 25 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Now, Marvel's forthcoming film about a group of powerful immortals, aptly titled Eternals, has joined Jolie's mix. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Sep. 2019 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, 1 Sep. 2019

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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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“Immortal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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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