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perpes , ĕtis, adj. like perpetuus, from per-peto,
I.lasting throughout, continuous, uninterrupted, continual, perpetual (anteand post-class.): “perpetem pro perpetuo dixerunt poëtae,Fest. p. 217 Müll.: luna proprio suo perpeti candore, App. de Deo Socr. init.: “silentium,id. Flor. 3, p. 357, 27: “rivus cruore fluebat perpeti,Prud. Cath. 10, 42.—
B. Esp., of time, continuous, never ending, perpetual, entire, whole: “noctem perpetem,Plaut. Am. 1, 1, 125; 2, 2, 100; id. Truc. 2, 2, 23: “nocte perpeti,Just. 5, 7, 6; Capitol. Ver. 4: “perpetem diem alternis pedibus insistunt,Sol. 52: “per annum perpetem,Lact. Mort. Pers. 33 fin.: “perpes aevi aeternitas,Jul. Val. Rer. Gest. Alex. M. 1, 34 Mai.— Hence, adv.: perpĕtim , constantly, without intermission, perpetually, App. Mag. p. 321, 5 (but in Plin. 20, 6, 21, § 44, the correct read. is perpetuo; v. Sillig ad h. l., and Hand, Turs. 4, p. 465).
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