Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Extremely durable; permanent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. very durable; longlasting

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Very durable; lasting; continuing long.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Lasting; continuing long; everlasting; imperishable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. very long lasting

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin perdūrābilis, from Latin perdūrāre, to endure : per-, per- + dūrāre, to last; see deuə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin, via Old French and Old English; perdurare "to endure," from per- "throughout" + durare "to last" (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This is said perdurable, for it is made perdurable, that is, of Jesu Christ.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 6

  • Vehement for he gave dread of love, or for that he took away the sorrow perdurable, which is malediction; or for that that he bare the heart out of carnal love.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 1

  • Publishing, too, is steady work, for there can be no end to the constant, perdurable need to instruct and to engage by art and entertainment the whole of society no less than every one.

    William Jovanovich defines Publishing

  • Here is the set of ‘reasonably distinct, unequivocal and perdurable’ criteria, or determining principles, (the first four courtesy of Jonathan Culler), upon which Solway bases his judgments of poetry:

    2009 March 15 | NIGEL BEALE NOTA BENE BOOKS

  • Send us your gladiators with herpes, and your perdurable impetus.

    Blawg Review #228 : Law is Cool

  • Certainly, we can make a very plausible argument that Mr. McCain has, when politically pressured, shown a proclivity to distort our Constitution in matters that have profound, perdurable implications.

    Challenging John McCain - Erick’s blog - RedState

  • The strength of these exercises, which are a form of perdurable prayer, rests in the voices that accompany hers, children responding through the decades, syllable-crisp, a panpipe reply that is the lucid music of her life.

    Underworld

  • Later, Dauphin decries his side's broken ranks: O perdurable shame! let's stab ourselves.

    Shakespeare on Games

  • Así, el padre Arizmendiarrieta cree que solamente el trabajo y la propiedad eran tan centrales en las vidas de la gente común y corriente como el proporcionar las bases en las cuales se pudiera construir una sociedad justa y perdurable.

    El hombre cooperativo

  • It is this wonderful response of one nature to another, this religious belief, this certainty of finding peculiar or excessive happiness in the presence of one we love, that accounts in part for perdurable attachments and long-lived passion.

    The Deserted Woman

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