1. Lasting or enduring forever; exsisting or continuing without end; immoral; eternal. "The Everlasting God."

2. Continuing indefinitely, or during a long period; perpetual; sometimes used, colloquially, as a strong intensive; as, this everlasting nonsence. "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)

Synonyms: Eternal, immortal, interminable, endless, never-ending, infinite, unceasing, uninterrupted, continual, unintermitted, incessant.

- 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." (Shak) Everlasting flower. Sane as Everlasting. Everlasting pea, an ornamental plant (Lathyrus latifolius) related to the pea; so called because it is perennial.

(01 Mar 1998)

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