eternal

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English eternal, from Old French eternal, from Late Latin aeternālis, from Latin aeternus (eternal), from aevum (age).

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eternal (not comparable)

  1. Lasting forever; unending.
    • 1690, Locke, John, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding:
      But here again it is another question, quite different from our having an idea of eternity, to know whether there were any real being, whose duration has been eternal.
    • 1700 [c. 1387–1400], Dryden, John, transl., “Palamon and Arcite”, in Fables, Ancient and Modern, translation of The Knight's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer:
      Thy smoking altar shall be fat with food / Of incense and the grateful steam of blood; / Burnt-offerings morn and evening shall be thine, / And fires eternal in thy temple shine.
    • 2012 May 27, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “New Kid On The Block” (season 4, episode 8; originally aired 11/12/1992)”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      In a bid to understand the eternal mystery that is woman, Bart goes to the least qualified possible source for advice and counsel: his father, who remarkably seems to have made it to his mid-30s without quite figuring out much of anything.
    Synonyms: agelong, endless, everlasting, permanent, sempiternal, unending; see also Thesaurus:eternal
    Antonyms: ephemeral, momentary, transient; see also Thesaurus:ephemeral
  2. (philosophy) existing outside time; as opposed to sempiternal, existing within time but everlastingly
    Synonyms: timeless, atemporal; see also Thesaurus:timeless
  3. (dated) Exceedingly great or bad; used as an intensifier.
    some eternal villain
    Synonym: awful

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NounEdit

eternal (plural eternals)

  1. One who lives forever; an immortal.
    • 2012, D. E. Phoenix, Revelations of the Fallen: The Blasphemy of Astrial Belthromoto
      Yes, I want that raw power that is only offered to the eternals or creators

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AdjectiveEdit

eternal (masculine and feminine plural eternals)

  1. eternal

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Middle EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Old French eternal, eternel, from Latin aeternālis; equivalent to eterne +‎ -al.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɛːtɛrˈnaːl/, /ɛːˈtɛrnal/, /ɛːtɛrˈnɛːl/

AdjectiveEdit

eternal

  1. Eternal, permanent; having existed (and existing) forever.
  2. Endless, unending; lasting forever.
  3. (rare) Long-lasting; non-ephemeral.

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  • English: eternal, tarnal
  • Scots: eternal

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AdjectiveEdit

eternal (plural eternales)

  1. eternal

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