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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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  • There we were, and there perforce we must remain till we reached our destination.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • Kirkwood acceded, perforce; and bided his time with what tolerance he could muster.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • When he plunged through the doorway, Charlie perforce went right with him.

    Flamedown Horace Brown Fyfe
  • But his vanity and weakness of character had perforce to triumph!

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • It is part of my punishment, and you, perforce, must bear witness.

    Wanderer of Infinity Harl Vincent
  • The furniture they had taken with them; the wall paper had perforce been left behind.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Fancy these things, and the wife submitting to them, perforce!

    Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford
  • We perforce took our peeps at nature from behind the barriers.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • We must, perforce, 'monsieur' them, and salute them a league off as if they were their masters.

    The False Chevalier William Douw Lighthall
British Dictionary definitions for perforce


by necessity; unavoidably
Word Origin
C14: from Old French par force; see per, force1
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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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