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Examples of perennial in a Sentence
- The problem … is inherent and perennial in any democracy, but it has been more severe in ours during the past quarter-century because of the near universal denigration of government, politics and politicians. —Michael Kinsley, Time, 29 Oct. 2001
- The issue between science and art is of perennial interest to me, since I started off in science in college, in medicine, was headed for psychiatry, and ended up writing novels … —Walker Percy, "The State Of The Novel," 1977, in Signposts in a Strange Land, 1991
- … scientists are warning that a perennial viral threat, the upcoming flu season, could be far more dangerous than usual—more evidence that these tiny foes are responsible for a large share of human suffering. —Claudia Wallis, Time, 3 Nov. 1986
This variety of oregano is perennial.
Flooding is a perennial problem for people living by the river.
Recent Examples of perennial from the Web
Jewelry remains a perennial favorite — romantic and meaningful.
Other proposals attempt to use the state Constitution to referee perennial legislative turf battles.
Among those in attendance were perennial nominees Meryl Streep and Steven Spielberg, as well as a host of first-timers including Greta Gerwig, Jordan Peele and Kobe Bryant.
Mine safety is a perennial concern in South Africa, which operates some of the world’s deepest and most dangerous mines.
Also thrown into that mix was perennial Grammys favorite and people-pleaser Bruno Mars.
O’Connor, meanwhile, finds himself in a perennial renaissance.
The Americans in particular became a perennial threat to win the world junior championship, showing the program's improvement at the youth levels.
Through the years, the Lady Chargers have had to fight through injuries and growing pains in the process of moving from a perennial-beater school to contenders.
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Did You Know?
Nowadays when we talk about "perennial plants," or simply "perennials" ("perennial" can be a noun, too), we mean plants that die back seasonally but produce new growth in the spring. But originally "perennial" was equivalent to "evergreen," used for plants that remain with us all year. We took this "throughout the year" sense straight from the Romans, whose Latin perennis combined "per-" ("throughout") with a form of "annus" ("year"). The poet Ovid, writing around the beginning of the first millennium, used the Latin word to refer to a "perennial spring" (water source), and the scholar Pliny used it of birds that don't migrate. Our "perennial" retains these same uses, for streams and occasionally for birds, but it has long had extended meanings, too.
Synonym Discussion of perennial
- continual showers the whole weekend
- football's oldest continuous rivalry
- lived in constant pain
- annoyed by the incessant quarreling
- a land of perpetual snowfall
- a perennial source of controversy
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Definition of perennial for Students
- a perennial stream
- a perennial plant
- perennial joy
- perennial flooding
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