[ sem-pi-tur-nl ]
/ ˌsɛm pɪˈtɜr nl /
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adjective Literary.

everlasting; eternal.



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Origin of sempiternal

1400–50; late Middle English <Late Latin sempiternālis, equivalent to Latin sempitern(us) everlasting semp(er) always + -i--i- + -ternus suffix of temporal adjectives; see eterne) + -ālis-al1

OTHER WORDS FROM sempiternal

sem·pi·ter·nal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for sempiternal

/ (ˌsɛmpɪˈtɜːnəl) /


literary everlasting; eternal

Derived forms of sempiternal

sempiternally, adverbsempiternity (ˌsɛmpɪˈtɜːnɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for sempiternal

C15: from Old French sempiternel, from Late Latin sempiternālis, from Latin sempiternus, from semper always + aeternus eternal
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