eternal

eternal
eternality /ee'terr nal"i tee/, eternalness, n.eternally, adv.
/i terr"nl/, adj.
1. without beginning or end; lasting forever; always existing (opposed to temporal): eternal life.
2. perpetual; ceaseless; endless: eternal quarreling; eternal chatter.
3. enduring; immutable: eternal principles.
4. Metaphys. existing outside all relations of time; not subject to change.
n.
5. something that is eternal.
6. the Eternal, God.
[1350-1400; ME < LL aeternalis, equiv. to aetern(us) (see ETERNE) + -alis -AL1]
Syn. 1. permanent, unending. ETERNAL, ENDLESS, EVERLASTING, PERPETUAL imply lasting or going on without ceasing. That which is ETERNAL is, by its nature, without beginning or end: God, the eternal Father. That which is ENDLESS never stops but goes on continuously as if in a circle: an endless succession of years. That which is EVERLASTING will endure through all future time: a promise of everlasting life. PERPEPTUAL implies continuous renewal as far into the future as one can foresee: perpetual strife between nations. 3. timeless, immortal, deathless, undying, imperishable, indestructible.
Ant. 1. transitory. 3. mutable.

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