Origin of perpetual
Examples from the Web for perpetual
But millions of rules result in perpetual error, and, as a terminal side effect, make leadership and accomplishment illegal.
Big discounts and cheap credit keep them coming back for more; and keep millions in perpetual debt.
Hollande is ‘the king of doublespeak, ambiguity, and perpetual lies’Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex|Lizzie Crocker|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On Wall Street, Bank of America plays a perpetual second fiddle to JPMorgan Chase Co., the only U.S. bank that holds more assets.Megabanks Have The Federal Prison System Locked Up|Center for Public Integrity|October 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some people upload content to Facebook for the perpetual online access it provides.Porn Stars Want to Know: Why Did Facebook Delete Me?|Aurora Snow|August 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But we who do the old things are fed by nature with a perpetual infancy.The Napoleon of Notting Hill|Gilbert K. Chesterton
I was in a state of perpetual aggravation; and I often wonder that I wasn't soured for life at that time.Cashel Byron's Profession|George Bernard Shaw
Some perpetual indignation seemed smouldering in the knitted brow and protruding upper lip.Hypatia|Charles Kingsley
The perpetual hum of voices sounded like the noise made by a thousand swarming bees.Across China on Foot|Edwin Dingle
It was near the Clerk's office, between which and the bar there was a perpetual passage of the members.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. II (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
British Dictionary definitions for perpetual
Word Origin for perpetual
Word Origin and History for perpetual
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.