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Definition continuing forever without change


occurring so frequently it seems continual
  • A perpetual flame burns beside the grave of John F. Kennedy.
perpetual = continuing forever
  • She complains perpetually.
  • perpetually = all the time
  • She has a perpetual ironic smirk.
  • A machine capable of perpetual motion without input of outside energy is impossible according to the laws of thermodynamics.
  • She was in her thirties, unmarried, perpetually sipping herbal tea.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • perpetually = continually; or always
  • Once I ran away from Lorraine and the others and hid in a part of the cemetery that didn't have perpetual care.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • perpetual = continuing forever
  • Henry limped down into the clubroom, dragging his crippled left leg, the perpetual grin spread across his skinny face.
    Robert Lipsyte  --  The Contender
  • perpetual = occurring so frequently it seems continual (always there)
  • It's perpetual motion; the thing man wanted to invent but never did.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • perpetual = continuing forever without change
  • ...the younger children had perpetual colds...
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • perpetual = occurring so frequently it seems continual
  • And despite his overdeveloped social conscience, he was no tight-lipped, perpetually grim do-gooder who frowned on fun.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • perpetually = always
  • — but their physical resemblance must be a source of perpetual confusion to the gulls that fly overhead.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • perpetual = continual
  • The effect would be much the same if the three super-states, instead of fighting one another, should agree to live in perpetual peace, each inviolate within its own boundaries.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • perpetual = continuing forever without change
  • With a convulsion of the mind, Ralph discovered dirt and decay, understood how much he disliked perpetually flicking the tangled hair out of his eyes, and at last, when the sun was gone, rolling noisily to rest among dry leaves.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • perpetually = continually
  • The principle of perpetual disappointment.
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • perpetual = continuing forever
  • An old lady stood there smiling, her dentures glowing white in the perpetual green twilight of the hallway.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • perpetual = changeless (continuing forever without change)
  • Its owner was a Mr. Frederick, a tough, shrewd man, perpetually involved in lawsuits and with a name for driving hard bargains.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • perpetually = frequently (seemingly all the time)
  • Or almost perpetual motion. If you let it go on, it'd burn our lifetimes out.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • perpetual = continuing forever without change
  • Treeless and rocky, perpetually clobbered by gales howling off the North Atlantic, it takes its name from its first settlers, now long gone, the Irish monks known as papar.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • perpetually = continually
  • The Slabs functions as the seasonal capital of a teeming itinerant society, a tolerant, rubber-tired culture comprising the retired, the exiled, the destitute, the perpetually unemployed.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • perpetually = continually
  • They put it about that the animals on the Manor Farm (they insisted on calling it the Manor Farm; they would not tolerate the name 'Animal Farm') were perpetually fighting among themselves and were also rapidly starving to death.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
perpetually = continually

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