1. One of the appellations of God.
Law whereby the Eternal himself doth work. --Hooker.
2. That which is endless and immortal.
1. Without beginning or end of existence; always existing.
The eternal God is thy refuge. --Deut. xxxiii. 27.
To know wether there were any real being, whose duration has been eternal. --Locke.
2. Without end of existence or duration; everlasting; endless; immortal.
That they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. --2 Tim. ii. 10.
3. Continued without intermission; perpetual; ceaseless; constant.
And fires eternal in thy temple shine. --Dryden.
4. Existing at all times without change; immutable.
Hobbes believed the eternal truths which he opposed. --Dryden.
What are the eternal objects of poetry among all nations, and at all times? --M. Arnold.
5. Exceedingly great or bad; -- used as a strong intensive. “Some eternal villain.”
The Eternal City, an appellation of Rome.
Syn: -- Everlasting; endless; infinite; ceaseless; perpetual; interminable. See Everlasting.
adj 1: continuing forever or indefinitely; "the ageless themes of
love and revenge"; "eternal truths"; "life
everlasting"; "hell's perpetual fires"; "the unending
bliss of heaven" [syn: ageless, everlasting, perpetual,
2: lasting for an indefinitely long period of time [syn: everlasting,
lasting, eonian, aeonian]
3: tiresomely long; seemingly without end; "endless debates";
"an endless conversation"; "the wait seemed eternal";
"eternal quarreling"; "an interminable sermon" [syn: endless,