- 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 eternally
Certain trades, such as medicine or law, are eternally well-respected.Renaissance Man Jared Leto Defies Categorization
The Daily Beast
December 8, 2014
I'm eternally grateful for the efforts that they put into my education.This Is What It Is Like To Be Deaf From Birth
December 23, 2013
To celebrate the eternally seductive (and seemingly ageless) actor, we've compiled seven of his best moments.John Stamos Turns 50! Watch Uncle Jesse's Greatest Moments
August 19, 2013
We never actually see the end to his urination—“Evacuation (eternally not) complete.”‘The Paperboy,’ ‘Austin Powers’ & More Film Pee Scenes (Videos)
May 27, 2012
One of those living conduits of female liberty who is eternally reconquering a new generation.Remembering Maria Schneider
February 6, 2011
Once an ape-unit, always an ape-unit; once a man-unit, eternally a man-unit.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
The point is that the web should be eternally remade and eternally unraveled.A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume I
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Indeed, ‘a war must be eternally waged on evils eternally renewed.’The Book of Khalid
May I be eternally punished for the desertion in which I am forced to leave you!Abbe Mouret's Transgression
And if I could go where Martin was I should be with him eternally.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
- 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 eternally
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.