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eternal

[ih-tur-nl] /ɪˈtɜr 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
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin aeternālis, equivalent to aetern(us) (see eterne) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
eternality
[ee-tur-nal-i-tee] /ˌi tɜrˈnæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
eternalness, noun
eternally, adverb
noneternal, adjective
noneternally, adverb
noneternalness, noun
preeternal, adjective
quasi-eternal, adjective
quasi-eternally, adverb
Synonyms
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.
Antonyms
1. transitory. 3. mutable.
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British Dictionary definitions for quasi-eternal

eternal

/ɪˈtɜːnəl/
adjective
1.
  1. without beginning or end; lasting for ever eternal life
  2. (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
Derived Forms
eternality, eternalness, noun
eternally, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin aeternālis, from Latin aeternus; related to Latin aevum age
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Word Origin and History for quasi-eternal

eternal

adj.

late 14c., from Old French eternel or directly from Late Latin aeternalis, from Latin aeternus "of an age, lasting, enduring, permanent, endless," contraction of aeviternus "of great age," from aevum "age" (see eon). Related: Eternally.

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