eternal

[ih-tur-nl]
adjective
1.
without beginning or end; lasting forever; always existing (opposed to temporal ): eternal life.
2.
perpetual; ceaseless; endless: eternal quarreling; eternal chatter.
3.
enduring; immutable: eternal principles.
4.
Metaphysics. existing outside all relations of time; not subject to change.
noun
5.
something that is eternal.
6.
the Eternal, God.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin aeternālis, equivalent to aetern(us) (see eterne) + -ālis -al1

eternality [ee-tur-nal-i-tee] , eternalness, noun
eternally, adverb
noneternal, adjective
noneternally, adverb
noneternalness, noun
preeternal, adjective
quasi-eternal, adjective
quasi-eternally, adverb


1. permanent, unending. Eternal, endless, everlasting, perpetual imply lasting or going on without ceasing. That which is eternal is, by its nature, without beginning or end: God, the eternal Father. That which is endless never stops but goes on continuously as if in a circle: an endless succession of years. That which is everlasting will endure through all future time: a promise of everlasting life. Perpeptual implies continuous renewal as far into the future as one can foresee: perpetual strife between nations. 3. timeless, immortal, deathless, undying, imperishable, indestructible.


1. transitory. 3. mutable.
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eternal (ɪˈtɜːnəl)
 
adj
1.  a.  without beginning or end; lasting for ever: eternal life
 b.  (as noun): the eternal
2.  (often capital) denoting or relating to that which is without beginning and end, regarded as an attribute of God
3.  unchanged by time, esp being true or valid for all time; immutable: eternal truths
4.  seemingly unceasing; occurring again and again: eternal bickering
 
[C14: from Late Latin aeternālis, from Latin aeternus; related to Latin aevum age]
 
eter'nality
 
n
 
e'ternalness
 
n
 
e'ternally
 
adv

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eternal
mid-14c. (in variant form eterne), from O.Fr. eternal, from L.L. aeternalis, from L. aeternus contraction of aeviternus "of great age," from aevum "age" (see eon). Related: Eternally.
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Example sentences
In the eternally dark depths, these creatures have evolved strange adaptations.
Nevertheless, the rest of the nation is eternally grateful for the graphic and
  painful example you are now setting.
Matter per se did not exist, eternally or otherwise.
Raise those rates and those who think that they can eternally live off rising
  home prices are in for quite a shocker.
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