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

Synonyms for immortal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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.


    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


pl n

(sometimes not capital) the gods of ancient Greece and Rome
(in ancient Persia) the royal bodyguard or a larger elite unit of 10 000 men
the members of the French Academy



not subject to death or decay; having perpetual life
having everlasting fame; remembered throughout time
everlasting; perpetual; constant
of or relating to immortal beings or concepts


an immortal being
(often plural) a person who is remembered enduringly, esp an authorDante is one of the immortals
Derived Formsimmortality, nounimmortally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for immortals



"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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