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 Dictionary entry overview: What does eternal mean? 

ETERNAL (adjective)
  The adjective ETERNAL has 2 senses:

1. continuing forever or indefinitely
2. tiresomely long; seemingly without end

  Familiarity information: ETERNAL used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

ETERNAL (adjective)

Sense 1eternal [BACK TO TOP]


Continuing forever or indefinitely


unceasing; perpetual; everlasting; eternal; unending; ageless; aeonian; eonian

Context examples:

the ageless themes of love and revenge / eternal truths / life everlasting / hell's perpetual fires / the unending bliss of heaven


lasting; permanent (continuing or enduring without marked change in status or condition or place)

Sense 2eternal [BACK TO TOP]


Tiresomely long; seemingly without end


endless; interminable; eternal

Context examples:

endless debates / an endless conversation / the wait seemed eternal / eternal quarreling / an interminable sermon


long (primarily temporal sense; being or indicating a relatively great or greater than average duration or passage of time or a duration as specified)

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