sempiternal
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin sempiternalis, from Latin sempiternus, from semper ever, always, from sem- one, same (akin to Old Norse samr same) + per through — more at same, for Date: 15th century of never-ending duration ; eternalsempiternally adverb

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  • Sempiternal — Sem pi*ter nal, a. [L. sempiternus, fr. semper always: cf. F. sempiternel.] 1. Of neverending duration; everlasting; endless; having beginning, but no end. Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster] 2. Without beginning or end; eternal. Blackmore. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sempiternal — index constant, continual (perpetual), durable, infinite, permanent, perpetual Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • sempiternal — c.1400, from O.Fr. sempiternel (13c.) or L.L. sempiternalis, from L. sempiternus, from L. semper always (see semper ) + æternus eternal (see ETERNAL (Cf. eternal)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • sempiternal — eternal, *infinite, boundless, illimitable, uncircumscribed Analogous words: *everlasting, endless, interminable, unceasing: *immortal, deathless, undying: *lasting, perdurable …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sempiternal — [sem΄pi tʉr′nəl] adj. [ME < ML sempiternalis < L sempiternus < semper, always (see SEMPER) + aeternus, ETERNAL] everlasting; perpetual; eternal sempiternally adv. sempiternity n …   English World dictionary

  • sempiternal — adjective /ˌsɛm.pɪˈtəː.nəl,ˌsɛm.pɪˈtɝ.nəl/ a) Seemingly everlasting or eternal. The one thing which we seek with insatiable desire is to lose our sempiternal memory and to do something without knowing how or why; in short to draw a new circle. b) …   Wiktionary

  • sempiternal — sempiternally, adv. /sem pi terr nl/, adj. Literary. everlasting; eternal. [1400 50; late ME < LL sempiternalis, equiv. to L sempitern(us) everlasting semp(er) always + i I + ternus suffix of temporal adjs.; see ETERNE) + alis AL1] * * * …   Universalium

  • sempiternal — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. unchanging, incessant, everlasting; see constant 1 , eternal 2 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Without beginning or end: eternal, infinite. See LIMITED …   English dictionary for students

  • sempiternal — sem·pi·ter·nal || ‚sempɪ tÉœrnl / tɜːnl adj. eternal, existing forever, immortal …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sempiternal — [ˌsɛmpɪ tə:n(ə)l] adjective literary eternal and unchanging; everlasting. Derivatives sempiternally adverb sempiternity noun Origin ME: from OFr. sempiternel or late L. sempiternalis, from L. sempiternus, from semper always + aeternus eternal …   English new terms dictionary

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