I'm writing about a property of God, describing that He has no beginning, and I couldn't find a word for it. The best I came up with is beginninglessness, but it sounds alien and doesn't seem to be used in English language.

I'm looking for 1 noun with this meaning. I'm stressing on the beginning and trying to avoid a word that would include has no end in its meaning.

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    yourdictionary.com/beginninglessness – Kris Oct 28 '14 at 14:07
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    This is an interesting question and by no means one that consulting a "general reference" would swiftly answer. In my view, the bigger problem is that there may be no single-word option aside from beginninglessness (which I agree sounds alien and artificial). A more common way to express the philosophical idea of existing prior to the beginning of everything (else), I think, is with a phrase along the lines of "ab initio existence"—that is, existence from the beginning of existence. It's not entirely satisfactory, but you'll probably have to define whatever term you use anyway. – Sven Yargs Oct 28 '14 at 18:16

You are exploring the Cosmological Argument, which hypothesizes a supreme being who is the "uncaused cause". Synonyms included:

  • The "uncaused cause",
  • The "first cause"
  • The "unmoved mover", and
  • The "prime mover"

See also Demiurge (which is typically applied to the concept of a supreme being who created the physical universe and set it in motion, but no longer acts or interferes in in, or is now literally gone).


"Eternal" means that He has no beginning and no end.

  • Thanks, "eternity" sounds close, but it seems too vague for me. I'm writing about having no beginning only. – leemour Oct 28 '14 at 13:58
  • Perhaps "ageless" -- which says that He is ever-new. – M. K. Hunter Oct 28 '14 at 14:30
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    "Omnipresent" means that He is and always has been present everywhere. To invent a new word, he was "antepresent" -- present before-- and "antecreation". – M. K. Hunter Oct 28 '14 at 14:46

If you look up uncreated, it has two meanings:

existing, but without having been created,
not yet created.

If you are talking about God, it should be quite clear that the first meaning is the intended one.


I think perpetuity may fit the context :

  • the quality of lasting for eternity.
  • the quality of continuing or lasting for an indefinitely long time.

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