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Middle English perpetuel from Old French from Latin perpetuālis from perpetuus continuous per- per- petere to go toward pet- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latin perpetualis (“universal").
She was an attractive girl with a quick smile and a perpetual twinkle in her eyes.
King Frost lives in a beautiful palace far to the North, in the land of perpetual snow.
Things are temporal, the ideas perpetual, God eternal.
The climate of Caracas is often described as that of perpetual spring.
Yes, I have heard of his scheme for perpetual peace, and it is very interesting but hardly feasible.
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