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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sempiternal.

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  • But I employed at least three thousand of them, that is, three hundred pounds English, in marrying — not young virgins, for they find but too many husbands — but great old sempiternous trots which had not so much as one tooth in their heads; and that out of the consideration I had that these good old women had very well spent the time of their youth in playing at the close-buttock game to all comers, serving the foremost first, till no man would have any more dealing with them.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • These, according to tradition, were originally a race of pestilent sempiternous beldames, who peopled these parts long before the memory of man, being of that abominated race emphatically called brimstones; and who, for their innumerable sins against the children of men, and to furnish an awful warning to the beauteous sex, were doomed to infest the earth in the shade of these threatening and terrible little bugs; enduring the internal torments of that fire, which they formerly carried in their hearts and breathed forth in their words, but now are sentenced to bear about for ever -- in their tails!

    Knickerbocker's History of New York, Complete

  • But I employed at least three thousand of them, that is, three hundred pounds English, in marrying -- not young virgins, for they find but too many husbands -- but great old sempiternous trots which had not so much as one tooth in their heads; and that out of the consideration I had that these good old women had very well spent the time of their youth in playing at the close-buttock game to all comers, serving the foremost first, till no man would have any more dealing with them.

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 2

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