- without beginning or end; lasting forever; always existing (opposed to temporal): eternal life.
- perpetual; ceaseless; endless: eternal quarreling; eternal chatter.
- enduring; immutable: eternal principles.
- Metaphysics. existing outside all relations of time; not subject to change.
- something that is eternal.
- the Eternal, God.
Origin of eternal
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Examples from the Web for eternal
The speaker conjures up centuries of collective sagacity, aligning oneself with an eternal, inarguable good.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead
January 8, 2015
He stated—quite rightly—that animals are never mentioned in connection with eternal life in the Bible.
In 2008 then Pope Benedict XVI stated quite pointedly that animals are “not called to the eternal life.”
What had seemed immutable and eternal (“With the Soviet Union forever”) turned out to be a fleeting episode.How Havel Inspired the Velvet Revolution
December 6, 2014
It may also have left them somewhat untethered, drifting in between their own lives and the eternal mysteries.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun
November 8, 2014
Under the eternal urge of freedom we became an independent Nation.
This is the eternal agreement, but an agreement of which we find it difficult to accept the terms.
The preacher was trying to explain to us the eternal duration of God's punishment.
They seemed to rise from some eternal deep within her, yet not to be of her making.
But Amy was the wife of Cornelius, and that made an eternal difference.
- without beginning or end; lasting for evereternal life
- (as noun)the eternal
- (often capital) denoting or relating to that which is without beginning and end, regarded as an attribute of God
- unchanged by time, esp being true or valid for all time; immutableeternal truths
- seemingly unceasing; occurring again and againeternal bickering
Word Origin and History for eternal
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.