Definition of immortal in English:


Line breaks: im|mor¦tal
Pronunciation: /ɪˈmɔːt(ə)l



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  • 1An immortal being, especially a god of ancient Greece or Rome.
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    • 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.
    • But slaying an ancient immortal changed his heart, and he walked away from the sword about 1500 years ago.
    • We were to live out our lives as healthy immortals walking in fellowship with God.
    god, goddess, deity, divine being, immortal being, celestial being, supreme being, divinity; Olympian
  • 1.1A person of enduring fame: he will always be one of the immortals of soccer
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    • Although he played on a famous team, his career wasn't long enough for him to be considered for induction among hockey's immortals.
    • At that time, he was fifth on the all-time wins list and his place among hockey's immortals seemed an inevitability.
    • 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; genius, celebrity
  • 2 (Immortal) A member of the French Academy.
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    • 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.
  • 3 (Immortals) historical The royal bodyguard of ancient Persia.
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    • 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.



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  • Conversely, to an obviously incompetent reader who had sent him some very nasty critical comments, he replied, finally and immortally, ‘Sir, it is not for you that I write.'
  • As Schickel notes: ‘There's no Ginger Rogers linked immortally to Kelly's name, and that's no accident.’
  • The birthplace of Ringo - the man whose voice immortally informs the world that he can get by with a little help from his friends - is a place of pilgrimage.


late Middle English: from Latin immortalis, from in- 'not' + mortalis (see mortal).

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