Definition of be written (or set or carved) in stone in English:

be written (or set or carved) in stone


  • Used to emphasize that something is fixed and unchangeable.

    ‘anything can change—nothing is written in stone’
    • ‘It seems to me there is a sizeable swathe of British public opinion who regard modernity, radicalism and the like merely as an experiment, not as something that is here forever, written in stone.’
    • ‘However, an RFL spokesman said ten teams per division was a minimum, not a fixed figure, while the new format was not yet set in stone.’
    • ‘However, this is not set in stone, as the help the family requires changes all the time.’
    • ‘Somehow, along the way, it seemed that the ‘idea’ became written in stone and that the SLC Great Hall would expand accordingly.’
    • ‘He adds that that partnership is not written in stone.’
    • ‘Your training goals are not written in stone; changes should be made as necessary to work toward a common goal.’
    • ‘From what I've learned, the past is set in stone and we can't change it.’
    • ‘Don't follow your itinerary as if written in stone.’
    • ‘There seems to be a few set in stone, undeniable, eternal truths as to what the future will be like.’
    • ‘While many thought that the current proposed standard was written in stone might have to change their minds and wait until the squabbling is over.’
    unalterable, immutable, invariable, unvarying, invariant, changeless, firm, fixed, hard and fast, cast-iron, set in stone, set, decided, established, permanent, deep-rooted, enduring, abiding, lasting, indestructible, ineradicable, irreversible, unfading, constant, perpetual, eternal, lifelong
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