- 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.]
- 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.]
- Continued without intermission; perpetual; ceaseless; constant."And fires eternal in thy temple shine." [Dryden.]
- 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.]
- Exceedingly great or bad; -- used as a strong intensive."Some eternalvillain."synonyms: Everlasting; endless; infinite; ceaseless; perpetual; interminable. See Everlasting.
Etymology: F. éternel, L. aeternalis, fr. aeternus. See Etern