Enduring forever; eternal.
[Middle English, from Old French sempiternel, from Late Latin sempiternālis, from Latin sempiternus : semper, always; see sem-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + aeternus, eternal; see aiw- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
sem′pi·terni·ty (-nĭ-tē) n.
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