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perpetuate a myth
  to cause to continue
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  • perpetuate a myth
  • The monument helps to perpetuate her memory.
  • To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest...
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
  • The 12th System perpetuates my existence to perpetuate its own.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea

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  • They were perpetuating all of this, helping him disappear.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • My dad liked to believe I was as popular and adventuresome as he was at my age—a myth it had always seemed easiest to perpetuate.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Coupled with the government’s crap response to the drug trade, which perpetuated the damaging myth that they could control the supply of drugs when demand was so strong, it seemed an enormous amount of totally unproductive misery, which could only come back to hurt us all later.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Her skin was cool and chaste to me, almost sisterly, alabastrine, and I thought I had convinced her to remain yet again, remembering now how many times I had done so, today and yesterday and all the days before that, in a strange and backward perpetuity.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Then he moved through the night, up and up, to the flat place below the brow of the hill, a place dominated by an obelisk and a flat stone set into the ground dedicated to the memory of Josiah Worthington, local brewer, politician and later baronet, who had, almost three hundred years before, bought the old cemetery and the land around it, and given it to the city in perpetuity.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • He perpetuated the great blasphemy of having his students read the New York Times instead of the Charleston News and Courier.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the Union, even by war.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • There were cans of beer from a boardwalk bar and of course this helped perpetuate my euphoria; even when Sophie and Nathan told me goodby—Sophie looking wan and unhappy and saying she felt a little sick—and abruptly left, I kept afloat on a high cloud of elation.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Stephano looked back at all these people silently, his face fluttering as he tried to decide whether to come clean, a phrase which here means "admit that he’s really Count Olaf and up to no good," or perpetuate his deception, a phrase which here means "lie, lie, lie."
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • Cal’s just as bad, raised to rule, to perpetuate this world of division even further.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • These regimes, they note, propped up economic elites who resisted reforms and perpetuated unequal political and economic systems.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • The purpose of government was the guarding of property-rights, the perpetuation of ancient force and modern fraud.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • And if it can’t end, then it should at least continue into perpetuity like the adventures of Staff Sergeant Max Mayhem’s platoon.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Tita prayed that the idea of perpetuating this cruel tradition would not cross Rosaura’s mind.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • It was, however, an autocracy by consent, for they were united from top to bottom by a commonly held ideology whose perpetuation was the reason and justification for all their sufferings.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • And I am left feeling that no matter how much the drip-drip-drip of hostility toward us is perpetuated by the liberal press, the American people simply do not believe it.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Another beekeeper who has studied the life of the hive more closely says that the bee gathers pollen dust to feed the young bees and rear a queen, and that it exists to perpetuate its race.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • But the problems of perpetuating a hierarchical society go deeper than this.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • That’s only a falsehood perpetuated by the traitors in an attempt to disrupt the Empire and convince us that the real threat is inside-not outside-our borders.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Not that he preaches anything immoral, but he’s always told me marriage is old-fashioned, an economic device to perpetuate the institution of private property, or something like that or anyway that he doesn’t like it.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Above all, the warfare of Hester’s spirit at that epoch was perpetuated in Pearl.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Something very wrong when it’s the twenty-first century and this type of elitist travesty is still being perpetuated.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • The boys identify Peter as the reason they’re in trouble, and that perpetuates the cycle of violence.’
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • In the second, perpetuity; the sole hope, at the distant extremity of the future, that faint light of liberty which men call death.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • You Occidentals perpetuate a good many myths too.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Why perpetuate this legend of selflessness?
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • He believed that God would let him live to perpetuate his poor lost darling’s memory for a long, long time.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • My friend is dead, my neighbour is dead, my love, the darling of my soul, is dead; it is the inexorable consolidation and perpetuation of the secret that was always in that individuality, and which I shall carry in mine to my life’s end.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Nations are possessed with an insane ambition to perpetuate the memory of themselves by the amount of hammered stone they leave.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • The reader will easily believe, that from what I had hear and seen, my keen appetite for perpetuity of life was much abated.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • The fact was, it was, after all, the THING that I hated—the using these men and women, the perpetuation of all this ignorance, brutality and vice,—just to make money for me!
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • SO DARK THE CON OF MAN "Sophie," Langdon said, "the Priory’s tradition of perpetuating goddess worship is based on a belief that powerful men in the early Christian church ’conned’ the world by propagating lies that devalued the female and tipped the scales in favor of the masculine."
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • But part of that incipient racism had always led whites to assume the leadership positions and perpetuated the view that whites rather than blacks were the heroes of the movement.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • A number of us, however, are yet living; but the instrument was after a few years rendered null by a charter that incorporated and gave perpetuity to the company.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • The flower will wither in a few moments and leave nothing save its brown seed vessels; but thence may be perpetuated a race as ephemeral as itself.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • He had taught her that nothing one does in bed is immoral if it helps to perpetuate love.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Those who survived to grow up— and perpetuate the race—would therefore be those who came out best in the struggle for survival.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • The old woman had already made her will, and Lizaveta knew of it, and by this will she would not get a farthing; nothing but the movables, chairs and so on; all the money was left to a monastery in the province of N——, that prayers might be said for her in perpetuity.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Nor, at the time, had it failed to enter his monomaniac mind, that all the anguish of that then present suffering was but the direct issue of a former woe; and he too plainly seemed to see, that as the most poisonous reptile of the marsh perpetuates his kind as inevitably as the sweetest songster of the grove; so, equally with every felicity, all miserable events do naturally beget their like.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • In Boston, the newspapers unknowingly began to perpetuate the single most tragic and painful of all the errors that adhered to the flagraising on Iwo Jima.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • They were only the memory, the perpetuation of a suffering that had come to him from without.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • "One might hope that the race of gentlemen would be perpetuated here," said I. "You are very good."
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Here, established in perpetuity, is the poor Beauty, a widow with a little girl; here, at dinner on Sophy’s birthday, are the three married girls with their three husbands, and one of the husband’s brothers, and another husband’s cousin, and another husband’s sister, who appears to me to be engaged to the cousin.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Human thought discovers a mode of perpetuating itself, not only more durable and more resisting than architecture, but still more simple and easy.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Only she can guarantee the perpetuation of the family line, which, in turn, is the ultimate duty of every son.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Comrade Pillai, grateful for the misunderstanding, perpetuated it.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
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