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eternal sleep

A euphemism for death. Even though she had been sick for months, we were all devastated when our grandmother entered her eternal sleep.
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eternal life

Life after death. While we all will miss Stu's presence here on Earth, he will now enjoy eternal life in heaven.
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eternal triangle

A sexual encounter or relationship between three people. Although exciting at first, the eternal triangle caused their relationship to suffer and ultimately end.
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eternal life

Euph. life after death. He passed on into eternal life, leaving us behind to mourn. She is now at rest in eternal life.
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(the) eternal triangle

a sexual or emotional relationship involving two women and one man or two men and one woman. (*Typically, a couple [man and woman] and another man or woman.) Henry can't choose between his wife and his mistress. It's the eternal triangle. I'm surprised Jane doesn't get tired of the eternal triangle. She goes out with Peter at the weekend and Jim during the week.
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Hope springs eternal (in the human breast).

Prov. People will continue to hope even though they have evidence that things cannot possibly turn out the way they want. (From Alexander Pope's poem, "Essay on Man." Sometimes used to remark that you believe someone's situation is hopeless, as in the first example.) Jill: The boss may have turned me down the first twelve times I asked for a raise, but this time I really think she'll give it to me. Jane: Hope springs eternal in the human breast. Alan: You're not still trying to teach the dog to shake hands! Jane: Hope springs eternal.
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eternal triangle

A relationship involving three lovers, such as two women involved with one man or two men with one woman. For example, The plot of the murder mystery revolved around the eternal triangle of a husband, wife, and another woman . [c. 1900]
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hope springs eternal

People will keep on hoping, no matter what the odds. For example, I keep buying lottery tickets-hope springs eternal. This expression was coined by Alexander Pope ( An Essay on Man, 1732) and quickly became proverbial.
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the Eternal City

a name for the city of Rome.
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eternal triangle

a relationship between three people, typically a couple and the lover of one of them, involving sexual rivalry.
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hope springs eternal

it is human nature always to find fresh cause for optimism.
This is a shortened version of Alexander Pope's line in An Essay on Man ( 1733 ): ‘Hope springs eternal in the human breast’.
1992 Angela Lambert A Rather English Marriage Hope springs eternal—she smiled wryly—even in Tunbridge Wells .
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ˌhope springs eˈternal

(saying) human beings never stop hoping: She’s sure that he’ll come back to her one day. I’m not so sure, but hope springs eternal.This comes from An Essay on Man by Alexander Pope: ‘Hope springs eternal in the human breast’.
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the eternal checkout

n. death. Hank knew the eternal checkout was just around the corner, and he suddenly got religion.
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Therefore firstly, he rejects the immortality as continuation of life after death and says: "Not only there is no guarantee for Immortality and eternality of human soul meaning the eternal survival of the soul after death, but also this assumption doesn't fulfill by no means what they wanted to achieve.
Of course, it should not be surprising that some of the more conservative groups that hold other views that seem to cast doubt on the legitimacy of Judaism--such as support for converting Jews to Christianity--would simultaneously insist on the eternality of the covenant in order to minimize an apparent paradox between affirming the biblical covenant and wanting Jews to become Christian.
Wordsworth's coda does, admittedly, function as a kind of wish fulfillment by trying to impose a philosophical eternality about the Hericlitean flux of the poem, made more acute and poignant through the stark rendering of that transience in the visual imagery.
If God's intent was to open the door to the eternality of existence through this Christ, has that, too, been altered or negated or denied by the years 1933-45, more specifically, 1939-45, and the death camps that, even today, continue to puncture and mar the landscape of Europe, most especially in Poland?
London's eternality ensures that it contains them all simultaneously, making them into a single yet polyphonic voice of the city where "the dead seem to be pursuing at the heels of the living.
18) From at least the time that Augustine articulated his unrivaled analysis of time, orthodox Christian thought marked a radical departure from paganism in interpreting eternality in terms not of endless time but of God's timelessness.
The eternality of the cosmos is borrowed and a reflection of an eternal God and His eternal agency as creator in the higher world of intelligibles.
For Giusti, Rome should have embodied both imperial and spiritual eternality.
If names are descriptive of the essences of their subject, HaShem seems to be telling us numerous things about God: Eternality, paradox, perhaps something related to God's being the Source of Being.
Yet, compelled by the Scriptures, we have no right to minimize the eternality of this state by placing limits on it or by seeing the warnings as conditional, pedagogically motivated statements.
Even so, D'Angelo's anxiety about preserving the eternality of his video image in "real life" reveals not only how television, as Virginia Blum writes, is "luring us into a world of simulacra from which there is no escape" (255), but also how U.
What makes this structure seem natural and inevitable to so many women is not only its eternality, but also its pervasiveness, mutatis mutandis, across disciplines and cultures.
Chapters discuss "The Autobiography of God" as it were (including such concepts as the omnipotence, omniscience, and eternality of God), "The Works of God", "The Creation of Mankind", "The Fall of Mankind", "The Redemption of Mankind", God's connection to Israel, the theology of the prophets, the theology of the psalms, and much more.
The incarnation, omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, eternality, and immutability all fit in the sketch and are found in the Christmas child.
6) Notice that this interpretation goes some considerable way toward explaining Aristotle's acceptance of the eternality of the species.