semper-

word-forming element meaning "always, ever," from Latin semper "always, ever, at all times, continuously" (literally "once for all"), from PIE *sem- (1) "one, as one, together" (cf. Latin semel "once," similis "like;" see same).


Nearby words

  1. sempach,
  2. semper fi,
  3. semper fidelis,
  4. semper idem,
  5. semper paratus,
  6. sempervivum,
  7. sempiternal,
  8. semplice,
  9. sempre,
  10. sempstress

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