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eternal

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/ ɪˈtɜr nl /
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adjective

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.

noun

something that is eternal.
the Eternal, God.

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Origin of eternal

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English eternale, eterneel, from Old French eternal, eternel, from Late Latin aeternālis, equivalent to aetern(us) (see eterne) + -ālis -al1
1. Eternal, endless, everlasting, perpetual imply lasting or going on without ceasing. That which is eternal is, by its nature, without beginning or end: God, the eternal Father. That which is endless never stops but goes on continuously as if in a circle: an endless succession of years. That which is everlasting will endure through all future time: a promise of everlasting life. Perpeptual implies continuous renewal as far into the future as one can foresee: perpetual strife between nations.
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British Dictionary definitions for eternal

eternal
/ (ɪˈtɜːnəl) /

adjective

  1. without beginning or end; lasting for evereternal life
  2. (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
eternality or eternalness, nouneternally, adverb
C14: from Late Latin aeternālis, from Latin aeternus; related to Latin aevum age
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