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everlasting

[ev-er-las-ting, -lah-sting] /ˌɛv ərˈlæs tɪŋ, -ˈlɑ stɪŋ/
adjective
1.
lasting forever; eternal:
everlasting future life.
2.
lasting or continuing for an indefinitely long time:
the everlasting hills.
3.
incessant; constantly recurring:
He is plagued by everlasting attacks of influenza.
4.
wearisome; tedious:
She tired of his everlasting puns.
noun
5.
eternal duration; eternity:
What is the span of one life compared with the everlasting?
6.
the Everlasting, God.
7.
any of various plants that retain their shape or color when dried, as certain composite plants of the genera Helichrysum, Gnaphalium, and Helipterum.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; see ever, lasting
Related forms
everlastingly, adverb
everlastingness, noun
quasi-everlasting, adjective
quasi-everlastingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. See eternal.
Antonyms
1. transitory.
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  • The abundance of food may not be as everlasting as some think.
British Dictionary definitions for everlasting

everlasting

/ˌɛvəˈlɑːstɪŋ/
adjective
1.
never coming to an end; eternal
2.
lasting for an indefinitely long period
3.
lasting so long or occurring so often as to become tedious; incessant: I cannot bear her everlasting complaints
noun
4.
endless duration; eternity
5.
Also called everlasting flower another name for immortelle See also cat's-foot
Derived Forms
everlastingly, adverb
everlastingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for everlasting

early 13c., from ever + lasting. Related: Everlastingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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everlasting in the Bible

eternal, applied to God (Gen. 21:33; Deut. 33:27; Ps. 41:13; 90:2). We also read of the "everlasting hills" (Gen. 49:26); an "everlasting priesthood" (Ex. 40:15; Num. 25:13). (See ETERNAL.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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