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sempiternal

Line breaks: sem¦pi|ter¦nal
Pronunciation: /ˌsɛmpɪˈtəːn(ə)l
 
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Definition of sempiternal in English:

adjective

literary
Eternal and unchanging; everlasting: the sempiternal sadness of the industrial background
More example sentences
  • I get the Bishop Berkeley idea that things only exist when God thinks about them; that God is not sempiternal but only exists when some people think about him is bizarre.
  • He knew they constituted the unbreakable and sempiternal circle.
  • There is throughout more than a hint of the Joycean conceit that this process is giratory and sempiternal, even though its temporal vector may be historically irreversible.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French sempiternel or late Latin sempiternalis, from Latin sempiternus, from semper 'always' + aeternus 'eternal'.

Derivatives

sempiternally

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • It's indescribably powerful, immeasurably beautiful and sempiternally bleak.
  • And the danger is perhaps at its most crucial among the esotericists in that what most see as ‘the real’ is sempiternally displaced on to the symbolic thus running the risk of draining ‘the real’ of its power.

sempiternity

2
noun
Example sentences
  • It is just one of those things that have baffled people for sempiternity.
  • If you add ‘semper’ to ‘eternity,’ you get sempiternity, the perpetual running resulting from the flowing, tireless now.

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