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immortal

[ih-mawr-tl] /ɪˈmɔr tl/
adjective
1.
not mortal; not liable or subject to death; undying:
our immortal souls.
2.
remembered or celebrated through all time:
the immortal words of Lincoln.
3.
not liable to perish or decay; imperishable; everlasting.
4.
perpetual; lasting; constant:
an immortal enemy.
5.
of or pertaining to immortal beings or immortality.
6.
(of a laboratory-cultured cell line) capable of dividing indefinitely.
noun
7.
an immortal being.
8.
a person of enduring fame:
Bach, Milton, El Greco, and other immortals.
9.
the Immortals, the 40 members of the French Academy.
10.
(often initial capital letter) any of the gods of classical mythology.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English (adj.) < Latin immortālis. See im-2, mortal
Related forms
immortally, adverb
quasi-immortal, adjective
quasi-immortally, adverb
Synonyms
8. giant, titan, genius.
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  • But to claim that it has anything to do with an immortal soul is pure fantasy.
  • He may be gone in this lifetime, but his spirit and his character are as immortal as his prose.
  • He is, in truth, one of the immortal characters in fiction.
  • Of him countless immortal lives, with countless embodiments and enjoyments.
  • He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness.
  • For they believe that the souls of brute beasts be immortal and everlasting.
  • Maybe our rendering them immortal is our way of not facing that inevitability.
  • See how researchers are finding ways to turn normal cells into immortal stem cells.
  • I believe that the soul is immortal but that nevertheless it has no part in deity.
British Dictionary definitions for immortal

immortal

/ɪˈmɔːtəl/
adjective
1.
not subject to death or decay; having perpetual life
2.
having everlasting fame; remembered throughout time
3.
everlasting; perpetual; constant
4.
of or relating to immortal beings or concepts
noun
5.
an immortal being
6.
(often pl) a person who is remembered enduringly, esp an author: Dante is one of the immortals
Derived Forms
immortality, noun
immortally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for immortal
adj.

"deathless," late 14c., from Latin immortalis "deathless, undying," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + mortalis "mortal" (see mortal (adj.)). In reference to fame, literature, etc., attested from 1510s (a sense also found in classical Latin). As a noun, from mid-17c.

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