Sempiternal means of never-ending duration or eternal, everlasting and unchanging. Sempiternal derives from the Latin semper (always) and from the the Latin sempiternus (everlasting). While eternal and sempiternal are often used the same way, philosophically they differ since eternal is used to describe something that is infinite outside the bounds of time while sempiternal is used to describe more earthbound forms of forever.
With this distinction in mind it follows that eternal could describe the notions of God or heaven, while sempiternal could be used to describe the magic of a sunset or nature, though if you were to ask me I’d say that both are still quite closely tied to eternity. Truly, sempiternal is such a poetic way of describing the beauty and awesome feelings that Nature invokes or the ways that love can move our souls to raptures.
Sempiternal is a gorgeous, lush word and one that easily fits right into my daily vernacular since I am one for lovely adjectives! What do you think of sempiternal?
Namaste ~ Ella
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