Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Enduring forever; eternal. See Synonyms at infinite.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Seemingly everlasting or eternal.
  • adj. everlasting, that is having infinite temporal duration; as opposed to eternal, outside time and thus lacking temporal duration

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of neverending duration; everlasting; endless; having beginning, but no end.
  • adj. Without beginning or end; eternal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Eternal; everlasting; endless; having no end.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having no known beginning and presumably no end

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French sempiternel, from Late Latin sempiternālis, from Latin sempiternus : semper, always; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots + aeternus, eternal; see aiw- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin sempiternālis, from Latin sempiternus, a contraction of semperæternus, from semper ("always") + æternus ("eternal"). Possibly via French sempiternel. (Wiktionary)

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  • Used in the Same Context
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    April 4, 2011

  • Not from the U.S. Marine Corps?

    August 14, 2008

  • Semper means "always." This is a word I have heard in Christian prayers.

    August 14, 2008

  • "Empty of everything, in a hum of sempiternal readiness for that soul-wilting, muse-recoiling Jawohl, Herr Kommandant! to shoot up one’s spinal column as quick as a blastula ..." from John Latta's Isola di Rifiuti

    August 3, 2007

  • dateless: having no known beginning and presumably no end. per wordnet.

    March 20, 2007