eternal Definition

  • 1lasting or existing forever; without end or beginning
  • 2seemingly endless

Using eternal: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "eternal" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The search for eternal youth has been a quest throughout history.

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    The beauty of the landscape was eternal and unchanging.

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    Their love seemed eternal, but it eventually faded away.

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    The universe is believed to be eternal and infinite.

eternal Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for eternal

Idioms Using eternal

  • a person who always expects good things to happen and never gives up hope


    Despite all the setbacks, she remained an eternal optimist.

  • a situation in which two people are in love with the same person


    The movie is about an eternal triangle between a man, his wife, and his mistress.

  • the belief in some religions that a person's soul will suffer in hell forever after death


    The preacher warned his congregation of the dangers of eternal damnation.

Phrases with eternal

  • life that lasts forever, especially after death


    Many religions promise eternal life to their followers.

  • a flame that is kept burning indefinitely as a symbol of remembrance or devotion


    The eternal flame at the war memorial honors the soldiers who died in battle.

  • a state of peace and rest that is believed to be experienced after death


    May he rest in eternal peace.

Origins of eternal

from Old French 'eternel', from late Latin 'aeternalis', from Latin 'aeternus', from 'aevum' meaning 'age'


Summary: eternal in Brief

The term 'eternal' [ɪˈtɜːnəl] refers to something that lasts forever, without end or beginning. It can describe anything from the universe to love, as in 'Their love seemed eternal, but it eventually faded away.' 'Eternal' also extends into phrases like 'eternal flame,' and idioms like 'eternal optimist,' denoting a person who always expects good things to happen.

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