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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 of everlasting
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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Examples from the Web for everlasting
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  • Now his people come for judgment, And they are in substance spirits, Born to everlasting being.p.

  • As the son of God I am from everlasting to everlasting, a splendid being with the universe as my home.

  • "Let us hope that the everlasting arms received him," said Mr. Lacy.

    Alone Marion Harland
  • The material can cope with the eternal only in virtue of everlasting evanescence.

    Miracles of Our Lord George MacDonald
  • You know what that will mean—your political ruin, your everlasting disgrace.

    The Kingdom of the Blind E. Phillips Oppenheim
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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