I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin aeternalis, from Latin aeternus eternal, from aevum age, eternity — more at aye Date: 14th century 1. a. having infinite duration ; everlasting <
eternal damnation
b. of or relating to eternity c. characterized by abiding fellowship with God <
good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? — Mark 10:17 (Revised Standard Version)
2. a. continued without intermission ; perpetual <
an eternal flame
b. seemingly endless <
eternal delays
3. archaic infernal <
some eternal villain…devised this slander — Shakespeare
4. valid or existing at all times ; timeless <
eternal verities
eternalize transitive verbeternally adverbeternalness noun II. noun Date: 1573 1. capitalized god 1 — used with the 2. something eternal

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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