Eternal vs Deathless - What's the difference?

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Eternal is a related term of deathless.

As adjectives the difference between eternal and deathless

is that eternal is lasting forever; unending while deathless is undying or immortal.



Alternative forms

* (chiefly archaic) * (obsolete) * eternall (obsolete)


  • Lasting forever; unending.
  • * John Locke
  • to know whether there were any real being, whose duration has been eternal
  • * Dryden
  • Fires eternal in thy temple shine.
  • * {{quote-news
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  • (philosophy) existing outside time; as opposed to sempiternal, existing within time but everlastingly
  • (dated) Exceedingly great or bad; used as an intensifier.
  • some eternal villain


    * permanent, sempiternal, endless, everlasting * (existing outside time) timeless, atemporal


    * ephemeral * sempiternal

    Derived terms

    * eternal life * eternal recurrence * eternal return * eternal triangle * hope springs eternal




    (en adjective)
  • Undying or immortal.
  • * 2005 , Tony Magistrale, Abject Terrors: Surveying the Modern and Postmodern Horror Film
  • Like the deathless vampire who must repeat its stalk-and-kill cycle in order to satisfy a recurring blood hunger, the earliest film horrors cannibalized its literary ancestry again and again.
  • Of a work of art or literature: conspicuously excellent, of the highest order, guaranteed not to be lost or forgotten.
  • Her novels are filled with unforgettable characters and deathless prose.

    Derived terms

    * deathlessly * deathlessness