perse

adjective (1)
\ ˈpərs How to pronounce perse (audio) \

Definition of perse

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: of a dark grayish blue resembling indigo

per se

adverb
\ (ˌ)pər-ˈsā also per-ˈsā or (ˌ)pər-ˈsē How to pronounce per se (audio) \

Definition of per se (Entry 2 of 4)

: by, of, or in itself or oneself or themselves : as such : intrinsically

per se

adjective (2)

Definition of per se (Entry 3 of 4)

: being such inherently, clearly, or as a matter of law a per se conflict of interest

Perse

biographical name

Definition of Perse (Entry 4 of 4)

St. John — see Aléxis Saint-Léger léger

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We generally use per se to distinguish between something in its narrow sense and some larger thing that it represents. Thus, you may have no objection to educational testing per se, but rather to the way testing is done. An opposition party may attack a president's policy not because they dislike the policy per se but because they want to weaken the president. And when New York's police chief decided to crack down on small crimes, it wasn't the small crimes per se that were his target, but instead the larger crimes which he believed would be reduced because of this new approach.

Examples of perse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Despite that, Sloan contends that she was never fixated on making it as a musician, per se. BostonGlobe.com, "Sasha Sloan," 11 Nov. 2019 Leonard isn’t freelancing, per se, isn’t playing hunches with reckless disregard for the rest of the defense. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "We asked coaches whom Darius Leonard reminds them of. They listed hall of famers.," 24 Oct. 2019 Not saying showcasing, per se, but a showcase certainly has been created. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Is Heat youth expendable for win-now veteran?," 10 Oct. 2019 The other draw here is the food, which is, if not art per se, certainly artful. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Turkish Food with Attitude at Lokanta," 28 Sep. 2019 News analysis is a second-order pseudo-event, not an event per se but the dissection of pseudo-events: that is, theater criticism. Greg Jackson, Harper's magazine, "Vicious Cycles," 6 Jan. 2020 Not a true crime book per se, but true crime readers would probably love this book. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "82 new books for holiday gifts in 2019, from Prince to Susan Sontag," 22 Nov. 2019 The problem is not the father's drinking per se, but the temper. Ask Amy, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Daughter is isolated in abusive relationship and parents want to get her out," 3 Oct. 2019 The problem is not the father’s drinking per se, but the temper. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Parents fret about daughter’s abusive relationship," 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of perse

Adjective (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

1574, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

circa 1655, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perse

Adjective (1)

Middle English pers, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin persus

Adverb

Latin

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The first known use of perse was in the 15th century

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“Perse.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/per%20se. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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per se

adverb
How to pronounce Perse (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of per se

formal : by, of, or in itself

per se

adverb
\ pər-ˈsā, ˌper-; pər-ˈsē How to pronounce per se (audio) \

Legal Definition of per se

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : inherently, strictly, or by operation of statute, constitutional provision or doctrine, or case law the transaction was illegal per se — see also negligence per se at negligence, nuisance per se at nuisance
2 : without proof of special damages or reference to extrinsic circumstances defamatory statements that were actionable per se — compare per quod

per se

adjective

Legal Definition of per se (Entry 2 of 2)

: being such inherently, clearly, or by operation of statute, constitutional provision or doctrine, or case law it is clear that licensing of adult entertainment establishments is not a per se violation of the First AmendmentClub Southern Burlesque, Inc. v. City of Carrollton, 457 S.E.2d 816 (1995) a per se conflict of interest

History and Etymology for perse

Adverb

Latin, by, of, or in itself

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