sempiternal

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From Old French sempiternel, from Medieval Latin sempiternālis, from Latin sempiternus, a contraction of semperæternus, from semper ‎(always) + æternus ‎(eternal).

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sempiternal ‎(not comparable)

  1. Everlasting, eternal.
    • 1841, Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Circles”, in Essays: First Series:
      The one thing which we seek with insatiable desire is [] to lose our sempiternal memory and to do something without knowing how or why; in short to draw a new circle.
    • 2008 August 2, Shivangi Singh, “A sneak-peek at ‘just friends’ of filmdom!”, in Zee News[1]:
      [I]n filmdom, the sempiternal question continues: Can a male and female actor be just ‘good friends’?
  2. (philosophy) Everlasting – that is, having infinite temporal duration – as opposed to eternal, outside time and thus lacking temporal duration altogether.

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