- continuing or enduring forever; everlasting.
- lasting an indefinitely long time: perpetual snow.
- continuing or continued without intermission or interruption; ceaseless: a perpetual stream of visitors all day.
- blooming almost continuously throughout the season or the year.
- a hybrid rose that is perpetual.
- a perennial plant.
Origin of perpetual
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Examples from the Web for perpetually
Brash, crass, and sporting a perpetually raised eyebrow, Ash Williams remains the ultimate postmodern superhero.The King of Postmodern Cool Is Reborn in ‘Ash Vs. The Evil Dead’
November 15, 2014
It finally looks like New York, which is perpetually addled by traffic, will be constructing a new expressway.Electricity Superhighway
October 16, 2014
Then, she was always posing in slow-motion, as if perpetually taking mental selfies.SNL’s Kim Kardashian Konundrum: Why Nasim Pedrad’s Exit Hurts So Much
September 26, 2014
The best return on that perpetually diminishing currency in terms of leisure is – or should be – travel.Obama’s Extravagant Summer Break? More Like, America’s Vacation-Deficit Disorder
August 10, 2014
Could he be faking that boyish, nice-guy, eager-to-please charm, the way “sincerity” is perpetually faked all over the spectrum?Jimmy Fallon’s Brilliant ‘Tonight Show’ Debut
February 18, 2014
I need not tell you how much I miss him, how perpetually he is in my thoughts.Lady Susan
The grime was perpetually renewed; scrubbing only ground it in.Alice Adams
Marcia could not see him; but his eyes were on her perpetually.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
I needed to feel another often, if not perpetually and exclusively, intent on me.A Spirit in Prison
Lena perpetually sorrowed over the box, and all of them were in deadly earnest.Falk
- (usually prenominal) eternal; permanent
- (usually prenominal) seemingly ceaseless because often repeatedyour perpetual complaints
- horticulture blooming throughout the growing season or year
- (of a crop plant) continually producing edible parts: perpetual spinach
- a plant that blooms throughout the growing season
Word Origin and History for perpetually
mid-14c., from Old French perpetuel "without end" (12c.) and directly from Latin perpetualis "universal," in Medieval Latin "permanent," from perpetuus "continuous, universal," from perpetis, genitive of Old Latin perpes "lasting," probably from per- "through" + root of petere "to seek, go to, aim at" (see petition (n.)). Related: Perpetually. Perpetual motion is attested from 1590s.