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eternal   WordNet 2.0

- tiresomely long

- seemingly without end
"endless debates"
"an endless conversation"
"the wait seemed eternal"
"eternal quarreling"
"an interminable sermon"

 
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- lasting for an indefinitely long period of time

 
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- continuing forever or indefinitely
"the ageless themes of love and revenge"
"eternal truths"
"life everlasting"
"hell''s perpetual fires"
"the unending bliss of heaven"

 
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Eternal   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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.

 
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1. One of the appellations of God.

"Law whereby the Eternal himself doth work." -- Hooker.

2. That which is endless and immortal. Young.

 
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