Definition of everlasting in English:



  • Lasting forever or a very long time.

    ‘the damned would suffer everlasting torment’
    ‘an everlasting reminder of this evening’
    • ‘The symbolic process which it idealizes is still called ‘Algorithm’ in modern mathematics, an everlasting tribute to its immortal founder.’
    • ‘It is the material of his eternal life either in everlasting joy or painful torture.’
    • ‘I believed every word that was written in the Vedas about the Almighty, his love, eternal happiness in Heaven, evil, and the torment of everlasting Hell.’
    • ‘A sprig of holly is added as a symbol of everlasting life, and the burning brandy a reminder of the rebirth of the sun.’
    • ‘As with the genome, the internet was going to transform our lives, remake society, abolish boom and bust, bring everlasting peace and make the Tories unelectable forever.’
    • ‘It develops an everlasting union that lives on forever through the perpetual fruit it bears.’
    • ‘This statement of world-agreed fervent belief reminds us these values are everlasting and of perpetual beauty and may never be tarnished by any national politicians anywhere at any time.’
    • ‘If society made one small change, we would be living in everlasting peace, with boundless prosperity, and experiencing eternal kindness to one another.’
    • ‘One ultimate flaw is that good nor evil can never be destroyed, or the balance shall fall and the universe with it, therefore it leaves us in everlasting conflict which shall never end; not least the universe does too.’
    • ‘While we cannot know all the details, we know that the belief entails the promise of everlasting life and eternal joy.’
    • ‘For example, the idea of a road or a river is a symbol of a never-ending or everlasting journey.’
    • ‘He conveyed to me his love of people, teaching me to see the beauty within, to have empathy for the less fortunate, to make everlasting friendships that endure time and distance.’
    • ‘Her arm had everlasting reminders of her problem.’
    • ‘After his arrival, man's everlasting desire for not departing and staying forever in this world is his perpetual passion from time immemorial.’
    • ‘Like God, who made us free, I think it necessary that people be allowed to choose, not only to be eaten, if they will, but even to damn their eternal soul to the everlasting fires of hell.’
    • ‘If there's anyone out there who can name all the second evictees off the top of their head, they will either earn my undying respect or everlasting contempt.’
    • ‘They've been like a dream, an everlasting dream that will never end.’
    • ‘Bright white sparks rode along the surfaces of the halls, and then the light ceased, and the area was engulfed in eternal, everlasting darkness once more.’
    • ‘Legal principles are not everlasting and immutable givens: they are the contingent products of history.’
    • ‘Because of the love of God I recoil from any thoughts that after death those who have not pledged their lives to Christ, or who have never heard of Christ, will necessarily be cast out by God into some form of eternal, everlasting punishment.’
    eternal, never-ending, endless, without end, perpetual, undying, immortal, deathless, indestructible, immutable, abiding, enduring, infinite, boundless, timeless
    constant, continual, continuous, persistent, sustained, unremitting, relentless, unrelenting, unrelieved, uninterrupted, unbroken, unabating, endless, interminable, never-ending, non-stop, round-the-clock, incessant, ceaseless
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  • 1literary Eternity.

    • ‘We profess, O God, that you are from everlasting to everlasting, that you are changeless and timeless, that you are the same yesterday, today, and forever.’
    • ‘‘But lord,’ one of the ministers was up on his feet, ‘we are only doing it for you, your eternal glory, your everlasting.’’
  • 2A flower of the daisy family with a papery texture, retaining its shape and colour after being dried, especially a helichrysum.

    Also called immortelle
    • ‘You won't see a lot of everlastings but the bush flowers are appearing like varieties of banksias and wattles.’
    • ‘There are literally thousands of different seeds to choose from such as herbs, vegetables, heirloom flowers, everlastings, grasses and so on.’
    • ‘This everlasting provides filler for fresh and dried displays.’
    • ‘They can be cut to use fresh or dried as an everlasting flower.’
    • ‘Stone crosses like these are not unfamiliar to you, nor are these dim garlands of everlasting flowers.’