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Definition of "eternal" []

  • Being without beginning or end; existing outside of time. See Synonyms at infinite. (adjective)
  • Continuing without interruption; perpetual. (adjective)
  • Forever true or changeless: eternal truths. (adjective)
  • Seemingly endless; interminable. See Synonyms at ageless, continual. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to spiritual communion with God, especially in the afterlife. (adjective)
  • Without beginning or end; lasting for ever (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as noun) (adjective)
  • Denoting or relating to that which is without beginning and end, regarded as an attribute of God (adjective)
  • Unchanged by time, esp being true or valid for all time; immutable (adjective)
  • Seemingly unceasing; occurring again and again (adjective)

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Use "eternal" in a sentence
  • "The august destiny of his own eternal city [observe -- '_eternal_,' not in virtue of history, but of prophecy, not upon the retrospect and the analogies of any possible experience, but by the necessity of an aboriginal doom], a city that was to be the centre of an empire whose circumference is everywhere, did not depend for any part of its majesty upon the meanness of its enemies; on the contrary, in the very grandeur of those enemies lay, by a rebound of the feelings inevitable to a Roman mind, the paramount grandeur of that awful Republic which had swallowed them all up."
  • "When we made that deal, I seem to remember the word eternal being in there, as in: eternal soul."
  • "At my school, we say we teach what we call the eternal verities of journalism."