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used in The Odyssey by Homer (translated by: Butcher & Lang)

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living or existing forever


someone famous throughout history


someone who will never die — such as a mythological god
  • Thinking upon him he spake out among the Immortals: 'Lo you now, how vainly mortal men do blame the gods!
    Book 1 (8% in)
  • But now of a truth will I utter my word of prophecy, as the Immortals bring it into my heart and as I deem it will be accomplished, though no soothsayer am I, nor skilled in the signs of birds.
    Book 1 (47% in)
  • Now the sun arose and left the lovely mere, speeding to the brazen heaven, to give light to the immortals and to mortal men on the earth, the graingiver, and they reached Pylos, the stablished castle of Neleus.
    Book 3 (1% in)
  • But now I would question Nestor, and ask him of another matter, as one who above all men knows judgments and wisdom: for thrice, men say, he hath been king through the generations of men; yea, like an immortal he seems to me to look upon.
    Book 3 (49% in)
  • Howbeit, do thou tell me—for the gods know all things—which of the immortals it is that binds me here and hath hindered me from my way, and declare as touching my returning how I may go over the teeming deep.
    Book 4 (45% in)
  • But after I had come down to the ship and to the sea, and we had made ready our supper and immortal night had come on, then did we lay us to rest upon the sea-beach.
    Book 4 (51% in)
  • Howbeit do thou tell me—for the gods know all things—which of the immortals it is that bindeth me here, and hath hindered me from my way; and declare as touching my returning, how I may go over the teeming deep.
    Book 4 (56% in)
  • Now after I had come down to the ship and to the sea, and had made ready our supper, and immortal night had come on, then did we lay us to rest upon the sea-beach.
    Book 4 (68% in)
  • Now the Dawn arose from her couch, from the side of the lordly Tithonus, to bear light to the immortals and to mortal men.
    Book 5 (1% in)
  • Now when he had gazed at all with wonder, anon he went into the wide cave; nor did Calypso, that fair goddess, fail to know him, when she saw him face to face; for the gods use not to be strange one to another, the immortals, not though one have his habitation far away.
    Book 5 (16% in)
  • Not in sooth that I avow me to be less noble than she in form or fashion, for it is in no wise meet that mortal women should match them with immortals, in shape and comeliness.'
    Book 5 (44% in)
  • Can it be that some one of the immortals is weaving a new snare for me, that she bids me quit my raft?
    Book 5 (73% in)
  • And there my father's throne leans close to hers, wherein he sits and drinks his wine, like an immortal.
    Book 6 (93% in)
  • And when she had now come to the famous palace of her father, she halted at the gateway, and round her gathered her brothers, men like to the immortals, and they loosed the mules from under the car, and carried the raiment within.
    Book 7 (2% in)
  • And as I came out I sank down, gathering to me my spirit, and immortal night came on.
    Book 7 (82% in)
  • And they heard the cry and flocked together from every side, and gathering round the cave asked him what ailed him: ' "What hath so distressed thee, Polyphemus, that thou criest thus aloud through the immortal night, and makest us sleepless?
    Book 9 (71% in)
  • They it was who threatened to raise even against the immortals in Olympus the din of stormy war.
    Book 11 (48% in)
  • But I cannot tell or name all the wives and daughters of the heroes that I saw; ere that, the immortal night would wane.
    Book 11 (51% in)
  • As for her, she is no mortal, but an immortal plague, dread, grievous, and fierce, and not to be fought with; and against her there is no defence; flight is the bravest way.
    Book 12 (26% in)
  • And straight he spake with angry heart amid the Immortals: ' "Father Zeus, and all ye other blessed gods that live for ever, take vengeance I pray you on the company of Odysseus, son of Laertes, that have insolently slain my cattle, wherein I was wont to be glad as I went toward the starry heaven, and when I again turned earthward from the firmament.
    Book 12 (83% in)
  • Two gates there are to the cave, the one set toward the North Wind whereby men may go down, but the portals toward the South pertain rather to the gods, whereby men may not enter: it is the way of the immortals.
    Book 13 (25% in)
  • Nay, keep thy well-wrought ship far from those isles, and sail by night as well as day, and he of the immortals who hath thee in his keeping and protection will send thee a fair breeze in thy wake.
    Book 15 (7% in)
  • And long-robed Helen took the word and spake, saying: 'Hear me, and I will prophesy as the immortals put it into my heart, and as I deem it will be accomplished.
    Book 15 (31% in)
  • But Mantius begat Polypheides and Cleitus; but it came to pass that the golden-throned Dawn snatched away Cleitus for his very beauty's sake, that he might dwell with the Immortals.
    Book 15 (46% in)
  • In that isle are two cities, and the whole land is divided between them, and my father was king over the twain, Ctesius son of Ormenus, a man like to the Immortals.
    Book 15 (75% in)
  • Then the steadfast goodly Odysseus answered him, saying: 'Behold, no god am I; why likenest thou me to the immortals? nay, thy father am I, for whose sake thou sufferest many pains and groanest sore, and submittest thee to the despite of men,' At the word he kissed his son, and from his cheeks let a tear fall to earth: before, he had stayed the tears continually.
    Book 16 (40% in)
  • She shed a sweet slumber over the daughter of Icarius, who sank back in sleep, and all her joints were loosened as she lay in the chair, and the fair goddess the while was giving her gifts immortal, that all the Achaeans might marvel at her.
    Book 18 (45% in)
  • But men may in no wise abide sleepless ever, for the immortals have made a time for all things for mortals on the grain-giving earth.
    Book 19 (98% in)
  • And Odysseus gave Iphitus a sharp sword and a mighty spear, for the beginning of a loving friendship; but never had they acquaintance one of another at the board; ere that might be, the son of Zeus slew Iphitus son of Eurytus, a man like to the immortals, the same that gave Odysseus the bow.
    Book 21 (9% in)
  • And as when some skilful man overlays gold upon silver, one that Hephaestus and Pallas Athene have taught all manner of craft, and full of grace is his handiwork, even so did Athene shed grace about his head and shoulders, and forth from the bath he came, in form like to the immortals.
    Book 23 (44% in)
  • Thus for seventeen days and nights continually did we all bewail thee, immortal gods and mortal men.
    Book 24 (12% in)
  • Wherefore the fame of her virtue shall never perish, but the immortals will make a gracious song in the ears of men on earth to the fame of constant Penelope.
    Book 24 (35% in)
  • Nay I myself beheld a god immortal, who stood hard by Odysseus, in the perfect semblance of Mentor; now as a deathless god was he manifest in front of Odysseus, cheering him, and yet again scaring the wooers he stormed through the hall, and they fell thick one on another.'
    Book 24 (80% in)

There are no more uses of "immortal" in The Odyssey by Homer (translated by: Butcher & Lang).

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