KJV Dictionary Definition: etern


ETERN', a. Eternal; perpetual; endless. Not used.


ETER'NAL, a. L. oeternus, composed of oevum and ternus, oeviternus, Varro. The origin of the last component part of the word is not obvious. It occurs in diuturnus, and seems to denote continuance.

1. Without beginning or end of existence.

The eternal God is thy refuge. Deut.33.

2. Without beginning of existence.

To know whether there is any real being, whose duration has been eternal.

3. Without end of existence or duration; everlasting; endless; immortal.

That they may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 2 Tim.2.

What shall I do, that I may have eternal life? Matt.19.

Suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Jude 7.

4. Perpetual; ceaseless; continued without intermission.

And fires eternal in thy temple shine.

5. Unchangeable; existing at all times without change; as eternal truth.

ETER'NAL, n. An appellation of God.


ETER'NALIZE, v.t. To make eternal; to give endless duration to. We now use eternize.


ETER'NALLY, adv. Without beginning or end of duration, or without end only.

1. Unchangeably; invariably; at all times.

That which is morally good must be eternally and unchangeably so.

2. Perpetually; without intermission; at all times.

Where western gales eternally reside.


ETER'NITY, n. L. oeternitas. Duration or continuance without beginning or end.

By repeating the idea of any length of duration, with the endless addition of number, we come by the idea of eternity.

The high and lofty one who inhabiteth eternity. Is.57.

We speak of eternal duration preceding the present time. God has existed from eternity. We also speak of endless or everlasting duration in future, and dating from present time or the present state of things. Some men doubt the eternity of future punishment, though they have less difficulty in admitting the eternity of future rewards.


ETER'NIZE, v.t. Low L. oeterno.

1. To make endless.

2. To continue the existence or duration of indefinitely; to perpetuate; as, to eternize woe.

So we say, to eternize fame or glory.

3. To make forever famous; to immortalize; as, to eternize a name; to eternize exploits.


ETER'NIZED, pp. Made endless; immortalized.


ETER'NIZING, ppr. Giving endless duration to; immortalizing.