Definition of perpetual
Examples of perpetual in a Sentence
As always, I was struck by how the core values of the military—service and discipline, both physical and intellectual—are so different from the perpetual American Mardi Gras. —Joe Klein, Time, 29 Aug. 2005
Because Hunter had been a perpetual Peter Pan, accepting the bleak reality of his death came hard. —Douglas Brinkley, Rolling Stone, 22 Sept. 2005
He's addicted to the perpetual flux of the information networks. He craves his next data fix. He's a speed freak, an info junkie. —David Brooks, Newsweek, 30 Apr. 2001
Only after I had built to the emotional peroration culminating in the word “astonishing” was I at last sufficiently unastonished by the force of my feelings to be able to put together a couple of hours of sleep—or something resembling sleep, for, even half out of it, I was a biography in perpetual motion, memory to the marrow of my bones. —Philip Roth, American Pastoral, 1997
The region is in a state of perpetual war.
He seems to have a perpetual grin on his face.
the perpetual demands of parenthood
Recent Examples of perpetual from the Web
The perpetual interaction with the audience requires an adept ability of stand-up improvisation, in which Hebert maintains her character without turning to caricature.
Critics on social media, meanwhile, questioned whether British Airways deserved to claim itself as the U.K.’s flag carrier after the perpetual cutbacks.
James cannot be both the specific stopper the Cavs need to contain Durant and the broad catch-all necessary to disrupt Curry and the Warriors’ perpetual motion.
The state attorney general said Arthur used perpetual litigation to avoid his sentence for years.
The perpetual reworking of the stone balbis is one indication of how seriously the Greeks took these athletic events.
The introduction was a dangerous one for a man on a perpetual deadline, what with a pool table and cold beer serving as a constant threat to productivity.
What seems much more likely is that the state of perpetual limbo — one that favors Israel — will continue indefinitely.
Among the titles on display will be Max Payne and Duke Nukem Forever, two games that have been in near-perpetual development.
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Origin and Etymology of perpetual
Middle English perpetuel, from Anglo-French, from Latin perpetuus uninterrupted, from per- through + petere to go to — more at feather
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of perpetual
PERPETUAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of perpetual for English Language Learners
: continuing forever or for a very long time without stopping
: happening all the time or very often
PERPETUAL Defined for Kids
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