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Is there a single-word adjective describing something that has lasted forever? I'd be quite surprised if there wasn't. I can't ponder anything at the moment.

I'd imagine it's use to be something along "He bares the ancient prophecy". However ancient does not seem like a long enough time period. Eternal gives the impression that it will last forever. Whereas I'm looking for something that could last for a finite amount of time, however, has lasted since the start of time.

Edit: As pointed out, forever is very broad. And indeed I'm looking for broad answers. However, to be 100% clear. I'm looking for a word describing something that has existed since the start of time / the universe / the big bang. Something that defines an existence much longer than earth, not to mention humanity. I.e. the longest possible timespan between the past and now.

  • "Eons" comes to mind. "Time immemorial" is two words. Not adjectives though... – anongoodnurse Aug 11 '17 at 1:42
  • @anongoodnurse Ahah, perhaps "eonic" would fit the bill. – Graviton Aug 11 '17 at 1:45
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    Can you give us an example sentence showing how you want to use the word? That's technically required for single-word-requests, and will help us give you the nuance that you want. Off the top of my head I can think of antediluvian, eternal, timeless, immemorial, etc. Doing some research digging of your own with a dictionary or thesaurus, and telling us what you've found and why that doesn't work, is also very helpful. – 1006a Aug 11 '17 at 2:01
  • "has lasted" means so far, so apparently you are looking for something that will also last forever, as in eternal. – Drew Aug 11 '17 at 2:03
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    Technically (whatever that means) eternal does mean that it has lasted forever; sempiternal means that it might not have always been but it always will be. That said, you are looking for something which can end, but has no start. I like without-start, as opposed to without-end – Unrelated Aug 11 '17 at 23:35
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Adjective: primeval prI'mee-vul

Having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state

"the forest primeval";

  • aboriginal, primal, primaeval, primordial

See also: early

Encyclopedia: Primeval

-- WordWeb Online

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    I'm not sure that primeval and prophecy collocate too well. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 11 '17 at 8:46

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