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everlasting

[ev-er-las-ting, -lah-sting] /ˌɛv ərˈlæs tɪŋ, -ˈlɑ stɪŋ/
adjective
1.
lasting forever; eternal:
everlasting future life.
2.
lasting or continuing for an indefinitely long time:
the everlasting hills.
3.
incessant; constantly recurring:
He is plagued by everlasting attacks of influenza.
4.
wearisome; tedious:
She tired of his everlasting puns.
noun
5.
eternal duration; eternity:
What is the span of one life compared with the everlasting?
6.
the Everlasting, God.
7.
any of various plants that retain their shape or color when dried, as certain composite plants of the genera Helichrysum, Gnaphalium, and Helipterum.
Origin of everlasting
1300-1350
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at ever, lasting
Related forms
everlastingly, adverb
everlastingness, noun
quasi-everlasting, adjective
quasi-everlastingly, adverb
Antonyms
1. transitory.
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Examples from the Web for everlasting
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  • As the son of God I am from everlasting to everlasting, a splendid being with the universe as my home.

  • He is from everlasting to everlasting—such as creation's dawn beheld he fooleth now.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • The material can cope with the eternal only in virtue of everlasting evanescence.

    Miracles of Our Lord George MacDonald
  • The everlasting quotation-lover doats on the husks of learning.

  • For the first time she was vaguely perceiving that life is everlasting movement.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
British Dictionary definitions for everlasting

everlasting

/ˌɛvəˈlɑːstɪŋ/
adjective
1.
never coming to an end; eternal
2.
lasting for an indefinitely long period
3.
lasting so long or occurring so often as to become tedious; incessant: I cannot bear her everlasting complaints
noun
4.
endless duration; eternity
5.
Also called everlasting flower another name for immortelle See also cat's-foot
Derived Forms
everlastingly, adverb
everlastingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for everlasting

early 13c., from ever + lasting. Related: Everlastingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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