- 1Never ending or changing: deep caves in perpetual darknessMore example sentences
everlasting, never-ending, eternal, permanent, unending, endless, without end, lasting, long-lasting, constant, abiding, enduring, perennial, timeless, ageless, deathless, undying, immortal; unfailing, unchanging, never-changing, changeless, unfadingconstant, permanent, uninterrupted, continuous, unremitting, unending, unceasing, persistent, unbroken
- His subjects were taught that he created the dawn of each new day, so that his death in 1994 provoked fear of perpetual darkness.
- Some labor under the delusion that Alaska is smitten with almost perpetual darkness in winter and never ending light in the summer.
- Sontag saw the consequence of living in this perpetual state of fear as ‘an unparalleled violence that is being done to our sense of reality, our humanity’.
- 1.1 [attributive] Denoting a position, job, or trophy held for life rather than a limited period, or the person holding it: a perpetual secretary of the societyMore example sentences
- Their intention is, to crush all opposition, to their personal, perpetual world rule.
- According to Clark, an unrestricted market with absolute and perpetual land titles is sufficient to allocate land efficiently and distribute rent fairly.
- The ladies Cup, for which yachts competed at Rosses Point at the weekend is reputed to be the oldest perpetual trophy in the world for which sailors still compete.
- 1.2(Of an investment) having no fixed maturity date; irredeemable: a perpetual bondMore example sentences
- Indeed banks issue perpetual bonds that have no maturity date.
- In valuing equation, i should be the U.S. government perpetual bond yield representing the risk free rate for an infinite time horizon.
- Those bonds issued by building societies that subsequently floated on the stock market are referred to as perpetual subordinated bonds (PSBs).
- 2Occurring repeatedly; so frequent as to seem endless and uninterrupted: their perpetual money worriesMore example sentences
- Now he took his anger out on all three of them, including Summer, whose poor grades and frequent partying were perpetual sources of disappointment.
- Many of the small and shrinking group of health researchers in Pakistan work in a state of perpetual despondency, frequently with little access to policymakers and planners.
- Meanwhile, there remained that perpetual money question.
- 2.1(Of a plant) blooming or fruiting several times in one season: he grows perpetual carnationsMore example sentences
- He grows perpetual carnations, a laborious and painstaking business, putting a collar on each one to prevent it from splitting before a show.
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- This phrase is perpetually repeated as a chorus throughout the rest of the play.
- All children's hospitals run on tight budgets and are perpetually short on finances.
- If there's one thing we as a species feel perpetually compelled to do, it's explain things to ourselves and others.
Middle English: from Old French perpetuel, from Latin perpetualis, from perpetuus 'continuing throughout', from perpes, perpet- 'continuous'.