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immortal

[ih-mawr-tl]
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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.
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noun
  1. an immortal being.
  2. a person of enduring fame: Bach, Milton, El Greco, and other immortals.
  3. the Immortals, the 40 members of the French Academy.
  4. (often initial capital letter) any of the gods of classical mythology.
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Origin of immortal

1325–75; Middle English (adj.) < Latin immortālis. See im-2, mortal
Related formsim·mor·tal·ly, adverbqua·si-im·mor·tal, adjectivequa·si-im·mor·tal·ly, adverb

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Related Words for immortals

someone, figure, luminary, personage, hero, star, personality, superstar, divinity, idol, immortal, somebody, name, ace, VIP, bigwig, notable, heavyweight, lion, worthy

Examples from the Web for immortals

Historical Examples of immortals

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for immortals

Immortals

pl n
  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
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immortal

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
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noun
  1. an immortal being
  2. (often plural) a person who is remembered enduringly, esp an authorDante is one of the immortals
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Derived Formsimmortality, nounimmortally, 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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