Definition of immortal in US English:



  • 1Living forever; never dying or decaying.

    ‘our mortal bodies are inhabited by immortal souls’
    • ‘By the cosmic power of my might, I make you immortal!’
    • ‘They're vampires… immortal beings… what would they possibly have to benefit from me?’
    • ‘It has all the necessary ingredients: the immortal soul, religious arguments, civil discrimination issues, and fair trade implications.’
    • ‘After all, a vampire has all the time in the world being immortal.’
    • ‘I do believe I would sell my immortal soul to make him mine.’
    • ‘Indeed, developments in science and the philosophy of mind make it increasingly difficult - though certainly not impossible - to maintain that humans have immortal souls.’
    • ‘Fame and power and wealth could not really make them more immortal than anyone else.’
    • ‘Those wacky writers celebrated the seemingly immortal local television drama's 3000th episode with their most audacious storyline to date.’
    • ‘I've heard enough about what you've seen of her to last my immortal soul a few lifetimes.’
    • ‘It therefore seems natural to conclude that I know myself to be substantial, indivisible, enduring, perhaps even immortal, on the basis of self-awareness alone.’
    • ‘The soul is immortal and simply lives in temporary shelters, those of human bodies.’
    • ‘For their class, for France, and for their immortal souls, women like the Marquise de la Tour du Pin became convinced of the need for a purposeful revolution in the aristocratic way of life.’
    • ‘He ate the fruit out of love for her, risking death and choosing her over immortal bliss.’
    • ‘In exchange for Johnson's immortal soul, the devil tuned his guitar, thereby giving him the abilities, which he so desired.’
    • ‘The fact that we do not have immortal souls does not justify unethical behavior.’
    • ‘It's true that exercising and eating well won't make you immortal.’
    • ‘Next, they move on to discuss whether the soul is immortal and does not perish.’
    • ‘It makes sense because you the immortal being are good and you will hinder your own growth when doing harm.’
    • ‘The keep was a magnificent sight; it had existed on Vineguard Isle for as long as even the immortal elves could remember.’
    • ‘She got to petted and pampered all the days of her life… yet she was like a spoiled child in the respect that she would not share if her immortal soul depended upon it.’
    undying, never dying, deathless, eternal, ever living, everlasting, never-ending, endless, perpetual, lasting, enduring, constant, abiding
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    1. 1.1 Deserving to be remembered forever.
      ‘the immortal children's classic, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”’
      • ‘I remembered the immortal words of Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet.’
      • ‘These are the immortal words from the beginning lines of the classic song ‘Born to be Wild’ released by Steppenwolf in 1968.’
      • ‘And as with talents, so too with desires and temperaments: some crave immortal fame, others merely comfortable preservation.’
      • ‘If he's the author, he deserves immortal renown.’
      • ‘It has also hit upon the idea of spreading this immortal classic among the grown-ups.’
      • ‘We all remember their immortal rendition of ‘Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’, but everyone always forgets Bombalurina's other hit.’
      • ‘He may have taken 325 Test wickets and captained England, but the career of Bob Willis, who was born today, will be best remembered for one immortal spell at Headingley in 1981.’
      • ‘Ali withstood similarly appalling punishment in his three wars with Frazier, and most memorably during his immortal Rumble in the Jungle with George Foreman.’
      • ‘A serious tone was on his face as he said those immortal words.’
      • ‘But most people's second reaction was to remember all the immortal moments and, let's be honest, there were hundreds of them.’
      • ‘The origins of myths and legends are as varied as the immortal marvels they celebrate.’
      • ‘One great illustration is Mark Twain's immortal classic, Huckleberry Finn.’
      • ‘The immortal classic which continues to inspire many to take a closer look at history has set a bunch of upwardly mobile information technology professionals on a voyage into time.’
      • ‘Remember the immortal words of a famous Vegas singer: I pity those who don't drink; when they wake up, that's the best they're going to feel all day.’
      • ‘Deflated and confused, he proceeded to utter an immortal phrase which I will never forget.’
      • ‘His genius was recognized during his life, and his work has become immortal.’
      • ‘Cervantes did not realise that his book and its hero would become immortal and would often be quoted in a modern context.’
      • ‘But it did contribute a repertory of immortal songs easily memorable by their combination of direct tunes and earthy good humour.’
      • ‘It redefines community with its never-ending reservoirs of immortal classics to improvise, reshape and bring in new meaning to melodies.’
      • ‘One of these is writer Miguel de Cervantes whose immortal work Don Quixote recently celebrated its 400th anniversary.’
      timeless, perennial, evergreen, classic, traditional, ageless, time-honoured, abiding, enduring, unforgettable, memorable, remembered
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  • 1An immortal being, especially a god of ancient Greece or Rome.

    • ‘But slaying an ancient immortal changed his heart, and he walked away from the sword about 1500 years ago.’
    • ‘As the son of Chronos and the ocean nymph Philyra he was immortal, but he received a terrible, poisonous wound from an arrow which was shot (in error) by Hercules.’
    • ‘The ancient immortal knew her talent and used it carefully, but to her best advantage.’
    • ‘We were to live out our lives as healthy immortals walking in fellowship with God.’
    • ‘Mixed up with this tradition was the ancient folk belief that mountains were the magical habitats of immortals.’
    • ‘To capture the mystery, caprice and force of romantic love, the ancients conjured Cupid, a mischievous immortal in whose thrall we are wholly powerless.’
    • ‘If you know what breeding practices to do, if you know what diet to follow, if you know what drug to concoct, if you can get hold of the stuff to do it with, anybody can become an immortal.’
    • ‘To the first of the immortals, the beautiful Aphrodite came.’
    • ‘He was of an ancient race- an immortal race- and he had no intention of dying.’
    • ‘The fusion of ancient immortals then dutifully turned to the task of easing the transition of those that reached the end of corporeal life and fearfully joined the fusion of immortality.’
    • ‘There is no way to turn a mortal into an immortal, unless he is a vampire or other such demon.’
    • ‘If other immortals besides vampires exist, what others are there?’
    • ‘Bhakti simply asks a person to translate this love for mortals to the immortal.’
    • ‘Needless to say, this story concerns mostly the underworld that exists all around us and yet that we can't see: the world of vampires, demons and other immortals.’
    • ‘He can take on entire armies of demon immortals single-handedly, but seems incapable of walking without falling on his face, or operating a hammer without slamming it onto his thumb.’
    • ‘These are immortals that have been at this since ancient times.’
    • ‘This race had never existed since the Elves and Dwarves are immortal.’
    • ‘So great is this plant that the ancient Taoists called it the food of the immortals.’
    • ‘Kit used to be an angel, an immortal, and now he's a human.’
    • ‘So they have a special drink called nectar, and they eat food which is ambrosia, which is immortal.’
    god, goddess, deity, divine being, immortal being, celestial being, supreme being, divinity
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    1. 1.1 A person of enduring fame.
      ‘he will always be one of the immortals of hockey’
      • ‘At that time, he was fifth on the all-time wins list and his place among hockey's immortals seemed an inevitability.’
      • ‘She ended up in Springfield again in 1996, but this time she was there to join the game's immortals in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.’
      • ‘He was a genius of the medium and will be remembered as an immortal many times over - and a really likeable one, too.’
      • ‘Although he played on a famous team, his career wasn't long enough for him to be considered for induction among hockey's immortals.’
      • ‘The hero of philately became an immortal, but all he really invented was the idea of the glue on the back.’
      • ‘But when you peel away the layers of time, even if it's through dusty photos and yellowed newspaper accounts, you realize he deserves a place among hockey's immortals.’
      great, hero, olympian
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    2. 1.2historical The royal bodyguard of ancient Persia.
      • ‘The Greeks were eventually successful, the Spartans and their Tegean allies ensuring victory when they overcame the élite Immortals (the Persian royal bodyguards) and killed Mardonius.’
    3. 1.3 A member of the French Academy.
      • ‘He had just been elected to the Académie française, but had not yet had time to don the green and gold, grip his sword and be received among the Immortals.’


Late Middle English: from Latin immortalis, from in- ‘not’ + mortalis (see mortal).