[ev-er-las-ting, -lah-sting]


lasting forever; eternal: everlasting future life.
lasting or continuing for an indefinitely long time: the everlasting hills.
incessant; constantly recurring: He is plagued by everlasting attacks of influenza.
wearisome; tedious: She tired of his everlasting puns.


Origin of everlasting

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at ever, lasting
Related formsev·er·last·ing·ly, adverbev·er·last·ing·ness, nounqua·si-ev·er·last·ing, adjectivequa·si-ev·er·last·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms for everlasting

1. See eternal.

Antonyms for everlasting

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Examples from the Web for everlasting

Contemporary Examples of everlasting

Historical Examples of everlasting

  • 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 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



never coming to an end; eternal
lasting for an indefinitely long period
lasting so long or occurring so often as to become tedious; incessantI cannot bear her everlasting complaints


endless duration; eternity
Also called: everlasting flower another name for immortelle See also cat's-foot
Derived Formseverlastingly, adverbeverlastingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for everlasting

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

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