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everlasting adj
1 continuing forever or indefinitely; "the ageless themes of love and revenge"; "eternal truths"; "life everlasting"; "hell's perpetual fires"; "the unending bliss of heaven" [syn: ageless, eternal, perpetual, unending, unceasing]
2 expletives used informally as intensifiers; "he's a blasted idiot"; "it's a blamed shame"; "a blame cold winter"; "not a blessed dime"; "I'll be damned (or blessed or darned or goddamned) if I'll do any such thing"; "he's a damn (or goddam or goddamned) fool"; "a deuced idiot"; "tired or his everlasting whimpering"; "an infernal nuisance" [syn: blasted, blame, blamed, blessed, damn, damned, darned, deuced, goddam, goddamn, goddamned, infernal]
3 lasting for an indefinitely long period of time [syn: eternal, lasting, eonian, aeonian]
4 without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers; "an arrant fool"; "a complete coward"; "a consummate fool"; "a double-dyed villain"; "gross negligence"; "a perfect idiot"; "pure folly"; "what a sodding mess"; "stark staring mad"; "a thoroughgoing villain"; "utter nonsense" [syn: arrant(a), complete(a), consummate(a), double-dyed(a), everlasting(a), gross(a), perfect(a), pure(a), sodding(a), stark(a), staring(a), thoroughgoing(a), utter(a)]
5 continuing too long; "everlasting complaints" n : any of various plants of various genera of the family Compositae having flowers that can be dried without loss of form or color [syn: everlasting flower]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Lasting or enduring forever; existing or continuing without end; immortal; eternal. "The Everlasting God." Gen. xx1. 33.
  2. Continuing indefinitely, or during a long period; perpetual; sometimes used, colloquially, as a strong intensive; as, "this everlasting nonsense".
    I will give to thee, and to thy seed after thee . . . the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession. Gen xvii. 8.
    And heard thy everlasting yawn confess The pains and penalties of idleness. -Pope.


Lasting or enduring forever
Continuing indefinitely

Usage notes

  • Everlasting, Eternal. Eternal denotes (when taken strictly) without beginning or end of duration; everlasting is sometimes used in our version of the Scriptures in the sense of eternal, but in modern usage is confined to the future, and implies no intermission as well as no end.
    Whether we shall meet again I know not; Therefore our everlasting farewell take; Forever, and forever farewell, Cassius. -William Shakespeare.

Extensive Definition

Everlasting means to be eternal or indestructible. It may also may refer to:
  • Everlasting life, the concept of physical or spiritual immortality


  • Everlasting, common name of all plants in Syncarpha genus of the Asteraceae family
  • Everlasting, common name of the perennial evergreen plant Antennaria howellii





See also

Everlast (disambiguation)
everlasting in Korean: 에버래스팅
everlasting in Japanese: Everlasting

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