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[per-fawrs, -fohrs] /pərˈfɔrs, -ˈfoʊrs/
of necessity; necessarily; by force of circumstance:
The story must perforce be true.
Origin of perforce
1300-50; per + force; replacing Middle English par force < Middle French Unabridged
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  • For he did love her, perhaps the more tenderly that doubts must, perforce, arise.

    The Claim Jumpers Stewart Edward White
  • They have not been learning cotton-raising, perforce, all these years for nothing.

  • Many, however, had perforce to be content with a long knife, with the lasso and the sling—the boleadores—as subsidiary weapons.

    Uruguay W. H. Koebel
  • So he stayed, and perforce listened, but in complete silence.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The punt-out had failed, however, and the cheering flaunters of blue banners had perforce to be content with five points.

    Behind the Line Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Do you think that, in order to be rich, you must perforce be a rogue?

    Caught In The Net Emile Gaboriau
  • There, perforce, we must arrest our progress, lost in transcendent wonder.

  • You gave me no encouragement,—so I must, perforce, fare elsewhere.

    In Her Own Right John Reed Scott
  • The latter made a strenuous effort to get the autograph score of the A minor, but had perforce to content himself with a copy.

British Dictionary definitions for perforce


by necessity; unavoidably
Word Origin
C14: from Old French par force; see per, force1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for perforce

early 14c., par force, from Old French par force (12c.), literally "by force" (see force). With Latin per substituted 17c. for French cognate par.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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