eternal[ē tʉr′nəl, i-]
- Eternal is defined as not having a beginning or an end.
An example of an eternal being is God.
- The definition of an eternal is someone or something without a beginning or an end.
An example of an eternal is Heaven.
- without beginning or end; existing through all time; everlasting
- of eternity
- forever the same; always true or valid; unchanging: the eternal verities
- always going on; never stopping; perpetual: eternal rest
- seeming never to stop; happening very often: her eternal complaints
- Philos., Theol. outside or beyond time or time relationships; timeless
Origin of eternalMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Late Latin aeternalis ; from Classical Latin aeturnus ; from aevum, an age ; from Indo-European base an unverified form aiw-, an unverified form āju-, a life, vital force from source aye
- Being without beginning or end: belief in an eternal creator.
- a. Continuing without interruption; perpetual: earned my eternal gratitude. See Synonyms at continual.b. Seemingly endless; interminable: eternal waiting at the airport.
- Something timeless, uninterrupted, or endless: “Shall we speak of universals and eternals?” (Cynthia Ozick).
- Eternal God. Used with the.
Origin of eternalMiddle English, from Old French, from Late Latin aeternālis, from Latin aeternus; see aiw- in Indo-European roots.
- e′ter·nal′i·ty , e·ter′nal·ness