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Origin of eterne

1325–75; Middle English <Latin aeternus, contraction of aeviternus, equivalent to aev(um) age + -i--i- + -ternus, extended form of -ernus suffix of temporal adjectives

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How to use eterne in a sentence

  • My regret is that she, who could be "a vision eterne," should be doomed to receive episodically your considerate affection.

  • Vasari writes of him, "che faceva l'opere di terra quasi eterne."

    Ten Thousand Wonderful Things | Edmund Fillingham King
  • Ne konduku nin en tenton; sed liberigu nin de la malbono: car Via estas la regado, la forto, kaj la gloro eterne.

  • She engendered them in her own fruitful breast, and her "copy is eterne."

    Life: Its True Genesis | R. W. Wright
  • The form 'eterne' occurs in Shakespeare only in Macbeth, iii.

    Shakespearean Tragedy | A. C. Bradley

British Dictionary definitions for eterne


/ (ɪˈtɜːn) /

  1. an archaic or poetic word for eternal

Origin of eterne

C14: from Old French, from Latin aeternus

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