(E*ter"nal) a. [F. éternel, L. aeternalis, fr. aeternus. See Etern.]
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.
1. One of the appellations of God.
Law whereby the Eternal himself doth work.Hooker.
2. That which is endless and immortal. Young.
(E*ter"nal*ist), n. One who holds the existence of matter to be from eternity. T. Burnet.
(E*ter"nal*ize) v. t. To make eternal. Shelton.
(E*ter"nal*ly), adv. In an eternal manner.
That which is morally good or evil at any time or in any case, must be also eternally and unchangeably
Where western gales eternally reside.Addison.
(E*terne") a. See Etern.
(E*ter"ni*fy) v. t. To make eternal. [Obs.]
Fame . . . eternifies the name.Mir. for Mag.
(E*ter"ni*ty) n.; pl. Eternities [F. éternité, L. aeternitas, fr. aeternus. See Etern.]