per·​pet·​u·​al·​ly pər-ˈpe-chə-wə-lē How to pronounce perpetually (audio)
: in a perpetual or continuous manner
A guardroom was established to each side of the prisoner's casemate, in which a lamp burned perpetually.Robert Penn Warren
Beta-blockers can make you tired, interfere with circulation (making your hands and feet perpetually cold) …Consumer Reports
… the tusks of prehistoric mammoths, which had been preserved in the perpetually frozen soil.William C. Ketchum, Jr.

Examples of perpetually in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead of enjoying her unexpected windfall as her perpetually broke ass should have done, Carrie blames the friend who introduced them, international party girl Amalita Amalfi (Carole Davis), for Gilles mistaking her for a call girl. Cady Lang, TIME, 5 Apr. 2024 Hunter Play Short Rain Boots Founded more than 150 years ago in perpetually soggy Scotland, one of the wettest countries in Europe, Hunter Boots brand is the holy grail of Wellington makers. Olivia Young, Travel + Leisure, 5 Apr. 2024 And even perpetually thwarted talent managers Jimmy and Kayla (Downs and Megan Stalter) have scenes that cut closer to the bone, examining what both truly want to achieve. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 4 Apr. 2024 Our voices are not perpetually retained, and our voice talent voluntarily chooses to collaborate with us. Quora, Forbes, 30 Mar. 2024 Riseborough belies Alice’s jaded smirk with eyes that seem perpetually on the verge of flooding with tears. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Mar. 2024 With this expansive canvas to fill, Orange can seem perpetually out of time and out of breath. Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 Everything about her seemed hyperbolically over-the-top: her Bardot ponytail, her mini-Mariah pipes, her mascara-dripping eye rolls, her perpetually bored scowl of teen contempt. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 19 Feb. 2024 The Voice was perpetually harking back to a better (i.e., more radical) era. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of perpetually was in the 14th century

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“Perpetually.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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