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immortal

[ih-mawr-tl] /ɪˈmɔr tl/
adjective
1.
not mortal; not liable or subject to death; undying:
our immortal souls.
2.
remembered or celebrated through all time:
the immortal words of Lincoln.
3.
not liable to perish or decay; imperishable; everlasting.
4.
perpetual; lasting; constant:
an immortal enemy.
5.
of or relating to immortal beings or immortality.
6.
(of a laboratory-cultured cell line) capable of dividing indefinitely.
noun
7.
an immortal being.
8.
a person of enduring fame:
Bach, Milton, El Greco, and other immortals.
9.
the Immortals, the 40 members of the French Academy.
10.
(often initial capital letter) any of the gods of classical mythology.
Origin of immortal
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English (adj.) < Latin immortālis. See im-2, mortal
Related forms
immortally, adverb
quasi-immortal, adjective
quasi-immortally, adverb
Synonyms
8. giant, titan, genius.
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Examples from the Web for immortals
Historical Examples
  • There shall we sing it with the pure melody of the immortals, my Josiah and me.

    Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 1. Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
  • In Italy it was the tree of Jove, great father of immortals and of mankind.

    Bride of the Mistletoe James Lane Allen
  • She was ready to charge the immortals with conspiring against her, had not her piety forbad it.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • The novelty of his views did not always commend them to his brother 'immortals.'

  • She appeals to the immortals for instruction in tillage with a view to security and welfare.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies
  • There were the immortals of the King's Guard, for instance.'

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • I am ashamed to mix with the immortals, for I have innumerable griefs in my soul.

  • But amongst the immortals there was also a mother with children whom she counted as peerless.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • My Hollander, even the poet, friend of the immortals, can eat.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • It was like the assembly of the immortals at the first levee of Jove.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for immortals

Immortals

/ɪˈmɔːtəlz/
plural noun
1.
(sometimes not capital) the gods of ancient Greece and Rome
2.
(in ancient Persia) the royal bodyguard or a larger elite unit of 10 000 men
3.
the members of the French Academy

immortal

/ɪˈmɔːtəl/
adjective
1.
not subject to death or decay; having perpetual life
2.
having everlasting fame; remembered throughout time
3.
everlasting; perpetual; constant
4.
of or relating to immortal beings or concepts
noun
5.
an immortal being
6.
(often pl) a person who is remembered enduringly, esp an author: Dante is one of the immortals
Derived Forms
immortality, noun
immortally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for immortals

immortal

adj.

"deathless," late 14c., from Latin immortalis "deathless, undying," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + mortalis "mortal" (see mortal (adj.)). In reference to fame, literature, etc., attested from 1510s (a sense also found in classical Latin). As a noun, from mid-17c.

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