Definition of immortal in English:



  • 1Living forever; never dying or decaying.

    ‘our mortal bodies are inhabited by immortal souls’
    • ‘I do believe I would sell my immortal soul to make him mine.’
    • ‘I've heard enough about what you've seen of her to last my immortal soul a few lifetimes.’
    • ‘It has all the necessary ingredients: the immortal soul, religious arguments, civil discrimination issues, and fair trade implications.’
    • ‘Indeed, developments in science and the philosophy of mind make it increasingly difficult - though certainly not impossible - to maintain that humans have immortal souls.’
    • ‘She got to petted and pampered all the days of her life… yet she was like a spoiled child in the respect that she would not share if her immortal soul depended upon it.’
    • ‘For their class, for France, and for their immortal souls, women like the Marquise de la Tour du Pin became convinced of the need for a purposeful revolution in the aristocratic way of life.’
    • ‘In exchange for Johnson's immortal soul, the devil tuned his guitar, thereby giving him the abilities, which he so desired.’
    • ‘The soul is immortal and simply lives in temporary shelters, those of human bodies.’
    • ‘Next, they move on to discuss whether the soul is immortal and does not perish.’
    • ‘After all, a vampire has all the time in the world being immortal.’
    • ‘It makes sense because you the immortal being are good and you will hinder your own growth when doing harm.’
    • ‘It therefore seems natural to conclude that I know myself to be substantial, indivisible, enduring, perhaps even immortal, on the basis of self-awareness alone.’
    • ‘The fact that we do not have immortal souls does not justify unethical behavior.’
    • ‘It's true that exercising and eating well won't make you immortal.’
    • ‘Fame and power and wealth could not really make them more immortal than anyone else.’
    • ‘By the cosmic power of my might, I make you immortal!’
    • ‘He ate the fruit out of love for her, risking death and choosing her over immortal bliss.’
    • ‘They're vampires… immortal beings… what would they possibly have to benefit from me?’
    • ‘The keep was a magnificent sight; it had existed on Vineguard Isle for as long as even the immortal elves could remember.’
    • ‘Those wacky writers celebrated the seemingly immortal local television drama's 3000th episode with their most audacious storyline to date.’
    undying, never dying, deathless, eternal, ever living, everlasting, never-ending, endless, perpetual, lasting, enduring, constant, abiding
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    1. 1.1Deserving to be remembered forever.
      ‘the immortal children's classic, ‘The Wind in the Willows’’
      • ‘Remember the immortal words of a famous Vegas singer: I pity those who don't drink; when they wake up, that's the best they're going to feel all day.’
      • ‘We all remember their immortal rendition of ‘Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’, but everyone always forgets Bombalurina's other hit.’
      • ‘I remembered the immortal words of Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet.’
      • ‘But most people's second reaction was to remember all the immortal moments and, let's be honest, there were hundreds of them.’
      • ‘He may have taken 325 Test wickets and captained England, but the career of Bob Willis, who was born today, will be best remembered for one immortal spell at Headingley in 1981.’
      • ‘If he's the author, he deserves immortal renown.’
      • ‘It has also hit upon the idea of spreading this immortal classic among the grown-ups.’
      • ‘The immortal classic which continues to inspire many to take a closer look at history has set a bunch of upwardly mobile information technology professionals on a voyage into time.’
      • ‘One great illustration is Mark Twain's immortal classic, Huckleberry Finn.’
      • ‘Ali withstood similarly appalling punishment in his three wars with Frazier, and most memorably during his immortal Rumble in the Jungle with George Foreman.’
      • ‘But it did contribute a repertory of immortal songs easily memorable by their combination of direct tunes and earthy good humour.’
      • ‘It redefines community with its never-ending reservoirs of immortal classics to improvise, reshape and bring in new meaning to melodies.’
      • ‘These are the immortal words from the beginning lines of the classic song ‘Born to be Wild’ released by Steppenwolf in 1968.’
      • ‘One of these is writer Miguel de Cervantes whose immortal work Don Quixote recently celebrated its 400th anniversary.’
      • ‘A serious tone was on his face as he said those immortal words.’
      • ‘His genius was recognized during his life, and his work has become immortal.’
      • ‘The origins of myths and legends are as varied as the immortal marvels they celebrate.’
      • ‘And as with talents, so too with desires and temperaments: some crave immortal fame, others merely comfortable preservation.’
      • ‘Cervantes did not realise that his book and its hero would become immortal and would often be quoted in a modern context.’
      • ‘Deflated and confused, he proceeded to utter an immortal phrase which I will never forget.’
      timeless, perennial, evergreen, classic, traditional, ageless, time-honoured, abiding, enduring, unforgettable, memorable, remembered
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  • 1An immortal being, especially a god of ancient Greece or Rome.

    • ‘The fusion of ancient immortals then dutifully turned to the task of easing the transition of those that reached the end of corporeal life and fearfully joined the fusion of immortality.’
    • ‘But slaying an ancient immortal changed his heart, and he walked away from the sword about 1500 years ago.’
    • ‘We were to live out our lives as healthy immortals walking in fellowship with God.’
    • ‘If you know what breeding practices to do, if you know what diet to follow, if you know what drug to concoct, if you can get hold of the stuff to do it with, anybody can become an immortal.’
    • ‘Bhakti simply asks a person to translate this love for mortals to the immortal.’
    • ‘To capture the mystery, caprice and force of romantic love, the ancients conjured Cupid, a mischievous immortal in whose thrall we are wholly powerless.’
    • ‘Needless to say, this story concerns mostly the underworld that exists all around us and yet that we can't see: the world of vampires, demons and other immortals.’
    • ‘To the first of the immortals, the beautiful Aphrodite came.’
    • ‘If other immortals besides vampires exist, what others are there?’
    • ‘He can take on entire armies of demon immortals single-handedly, but seems incapable of walking without falling on his face, or operating a hammer without slamming it onto his thumb.’
    • ‘Kit used to be an angel, an immortal, and now he's a human.’
    • ‘These are immortals that have been at this since ancient times.’
    • ‘So great is this plant that the ancient Taoists called it the food of the immortals.’
    • ‘As the son of Chronos and the ocean nymph Philyra he was immortal, but he received a terrible, poisonous wound from an arrow which was shot (in error) by Hercules.’
    • ‘So they have a special drink called nectar, and they eat food which is ambrosia, which is immortal.’
    • ‘There is no way to turn a mortal into an immortal, unless he is a vampire or other such demon.’
    • ‘This race had never existed since the Elves and Dwarves are immortal.’
    • ‘He was of an ancient race- an immortal race- and he had no intention of dying.’
    • ‘Mixed up with this tradition was the ancient folk belief that mountains were the magical habitats of immortals.’
    • ‘The ancient immortal knew her talent and used it carefully, but to her best advantage.’
    god, goddess, deity, divine being, immortal being, celestial being, supreme being, divinity
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    1. 1.1A person of enduring fame.
      ‘he will always be one of the immortals of soccer’
      • ‘Although he played on a famous team, his career wasn't long enough for him to be considered for induction among hockey's immortals.’
      • ‘At that time, he was fifth on the all-time wins list and his place among hockey's immortals seemed an inevitability.’
      • ‘But when you peel away the layers of time, even if it's through dusty photos and yellowed newspaper accounts, you realize he deserves a place among hockey's immortals.’
      • ‘She ended up in Springfield again in 1996, but this time she was there to join the game's immortals in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.’
      • ‘The hero of philately became an immortal, but all he really invented was the idea of the glue on the back.’
      • ‘He was a genius of the medium and will be remembered as an immortal many times over - and a really likeable one, too.’
      great, hero, Olympian
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  • 2

    (also Immortal)
    A member of the French Academy.

    ‘He had just been elected to the Académie française, but had not yet had time to don the green and gold, grip his sword and be received among the Immortals.’
  • 3

    (also Immortals)
    historical The royal bodyguard of ancient Persia.

    ‘The Greeks were eventually successful, the Spartans and their Tegean allies ensuring victory when they overcame the élite Immortals (the Persian royal bodyguards) and killed Mardonius.’


Late Middle English from Latin immortalis, from in- ‘not’ + mortalis (see mortal).