- 1 [usually before noun] continuing for a long period of time without interruption synonym continuous the perpetual noise of traffic We lived for years in a perpetual state of fear. (literary) mountain peaks covered with perpetual snow and ice
- 2[usually before noun] frequently repeated, in a way that is annoying synonym continual How can I work with these perpetual interruptions?
- 3[only before noun] (of a job or position) lasting for the whole of someone's life He was elected perpetual president. (humorous) She's a perpetual student.
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