Definition of eternal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪˈtɜːnl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈtɜːrnl//
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  1. 1without an end; existing or continuing forever the promise of eternal life in heaven She's an eternal optimist (= she always expects that the best will happen). eternal truths (= ideas that are always true and never change) Newspapers are simply responding to the eternal fascination of their readers with the private lives of the rich and famous.
  2. 2[only before noun] (disapproving) happening often and seeming never to stop synonym constant I'm tired of your eternal arguments.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from late Latin aeternalis, from Latin aeternus, from aevum ‘age’.Extra examples She’s the eternal optimist. The bird is the symbol of the soul and of eternal life. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. The story is about a woman who is offered the elixir of eternal youth. The two heroes swore eternal friendship. The universe was about to be plunged again into eternal darkness.
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