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Enduring forever; eternal.

[Middle English, from Old French sempiternel, from Late Latin sempiternālis, from Latin sempiternus : semper, always; see sem- in Indo-European roots + aeternus, eternal; see aiw- in Indo-European roots.]

sem′pi·ter′ni·ty (-nĭ-tē) n.


literary everlasting; eternal
[C15: from Old French sempiternel, from Late Latin sempiternālis, from Latin sempiternus, from semper always + aeternus eternal]
ˌsempiˈternally adv
sempiternity n


(ˌsɛm pɪˈtɜr nl)

everlasting; eternal.
[1400–50; < Late Latin sempiternālis < Latin sempitern(us) everlasting (semp(er) always)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sempiternal - having no known beginning and presumably no end; "the dateless rise and fall of the tides"; "time is endless"; "sempiternal truth"
infinite - having no limits or boundaries in time or space or extent or magnitude; "the infinite ingenuity of man"; "infinite wealth"


Without beginning or end:


[ˌsempɪˈtɜːnl] ADJsempiterno


adj (liter)immerwährend (liter)
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What narrative of the national future was there to uphold: the institutional or the supernatural, the material or the spectral, the one in which citizens occupy new frontiers or that other one in which a disembodied voice finds itself sempiternally tied to the point of departure?
The good, as telos at 505a-d, is more general than that which eros seeks to be one's own sempiternally at Symposium 206a, where the context is human, and the good is, in some sense, possessable.
He simply wishes us to understand that if God drew the substance that forms us from his own nothingness, he is present in us, and that we are divinely present in the wheel of lives and deaths of the world that will turn sempiternally.