ad infinitum

adverb or adjective
ad in·​fi·​ni·​tum | \ ˌad-ˌin-fə-ˈnī-təm How to pronounce ad infinitum (audio) also ˌäd- \

Definition of ad infinitum

: without end or limit

Examples of ad infinitum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The soundtrack of my childhood in rural Perry, Okla., was the Braum’s jingle, played over the early 1990s TV commercials that played ad infinitum: From our farm to our store, only Braum’s gives you more. Los Angeles Times, "Braum’s is the best burger joint. You’ll wish you were here," 23 Oct. 2019 And a disappointing routine has also emerged, one in which these narratives are shared ad infinitum with no call to action on actually solving the problem, and not even a sliver of hope. Raquel Willis, Essence, "Black Trans Women Are Solving The Epidemic Of Violence, Support Us," 20 Nov. 2019 Having large oil resources was an economic trump card for petro-states when both demand and prices were expected to keep rising ad infinitum in a hopelessly addicted world. Liam Denning | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Pemex Suffers an Old Problem in a New Oil Market," 5 Feb. 2019 That line of thinking, in turn, leads to withering retorts about defeatism, cynicism and the need to educate audiences, and so on and so on, rinse, repeat, ad nauseam, ad infinitum, etc. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sweetness in the Belly': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 6 Sep. 2019 The key is to keep the nostalgic coming back ad infinitum, and to generate continued interest, particularly on the South Side (the museum is on the North). Jessi Roti, chicagotribune.com, "Pitchfork Music Fest 2019: 14 things we loved from a sweaty day 1," 19 July 2019 And does the season have to feel like an inexorable march toward Clemson-Bama, ad infinitum? George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Why college football needs new blood to break through current playoff blockade," 30 Aug. 2019 Kinderman expects this momentum to continue; new players replace those going off to college, ad infinitum. Nicole Blackwood, chicagotribune.com, "‘We’re like the forgotten people’: Chicago Riots junior roller derby offers rough-and-tumble community of acceptance," 18 July 2019 His exploration begins with pi, the irrational mathematical constant 3.14159, plus some, ad infinitum. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Two new books will transform your everyday understanding of math," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of ad infinitum

1581, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ad infinitum

borrowed from Latin ad infīnītum

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The first known use of ad infinitum was in 1581

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“Ad infinitum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ad%20infinitum. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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ad infinitum

adverb
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English Language Learners Definition of ad infinitum

: without an end or limit

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