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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Etern(e, a., adv., and n. Also: etarne. [ME. (Chaucer) and OF. eterne, L. æternus.]

1. adj. = Eternal a. 1 and 2.(1) c1475 Wall. iv. 130.
The eterne God his gouernour be and gyde
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 1273.
O eterne God, that man mot blissit be
a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ 1.
Hail, Cristin knycht! haill, etern confortour
1513 Doug. i. Prol. 457.
Thou kyng of kyngis, lord etern
1533 Boece iv. iii. 128 b.
I tak witnes to the goddis eterne that I inferrit na weris to Romanis
a1570-86 Maitl. F. xxii. 1.
O gratious God, almychtie and eterne
(2) 1490 Irland Mir. I. 122/29.
Knawand … the counsale eterne of the haly trinite
1513 Doug. i. i. 67.
Quhen that Juno, … The etern wound hyd in her breist
Ib. xii. ix. 12.
Pepill … Quhilkis eftir suldbe ane in etern pes
1533 Bell. Livy I. 1/8.
Bricht Apollo, with thi cours eterne
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 460.
To saif ws … frome etarne dampnatioun

2. adv. Eternally, for ever. a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ 1380.
Within a crage now closit is etern Off all the warld the generall saluitour

3. n. In eterne, to eternity. c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxxv. 3.
Haile, in eterne In Godis sicht to schyne

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