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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
  • But why does Machiavel counsel us to have recourse to God, and Rousseau to the gods, to the immortals?

  • I thought him rough and homely, but now he seems like one of the immortals.

  • For the immortals still remained behind us, gathered in massed ranks about their king.

    The Ancient Allan H. Rider Haggard
  • Two immortals in epaulets and sashes in the background are only wanted instead of one.

    Edmond Dants Edmund Flagg
  • They even came down to assist in battle, and every great encounter of armies involved an invisible struggle among the immortals.

  • Lead the gods to table, where you and all the immortals can hear the wicked designs which he has avowed.

    The Iliad Homer
  • They would have stoned a duke or burned a bishop with very little compunction, but Stobalt ranked among their immortals.

    The Secret of the League Ernest Bramah
  • He should have prayed duly to the immortals; he would not have come in last if he had done so.

    The Iliad Homer
  • It may do very well for immortals, but for a mortal it's pretty poor business.

    Olympian Nights John Kendrick Bangs
  • I am in great grief, and shrink from going in and out among the immortals.

    The Iliad Homer
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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