Definition of everlasting in US English:



  • Lasting forever or a very long time.

    ‘the damned would suffer everlasting torment’
    ‘it would be 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is the material of his eternal life either in everlasting joy or painful torture.’
    • ‘Her arm had everlasting reminders of her problem.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For example, the idea of a road or a river is a symbol of a never-ending or everlasting journey.’
    • ‘A sprig of holly is added as a symbol of everlasting life, and the burning brandy a reminder of the rebirth of the sun.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Legal principles are not everlasting and immutable givens: they are the contingent products of history.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After his arrival, man's everlasting desire for not departing and staying forever in this world is his perpetual passion from time immemorial.’
    • ‘While we cannot know all the details, we know that the belief entails the promise of everlasting life and eternal joy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.

    • ‘‘But lord,’ one of the ministers was up on his feet, ‘we are only doing it for you, your eternal glory, your everlasting.’’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2A flower of the daisy family with a papery texture, retaining its shape and color after being dried, especially a helichrysum.

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