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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Perpetual \Per*pet"u*al\, adjective [OE. perpetuel, F. perp['e]tuel, fr. L. perpetualis, fr. perpetuus continuing throughout, continuous, fr. perpes, -etis, lasting throughout.] Neverceasing; continuing forever or for an unlimited time; unfailing; everlasting; continuous.

Unto the kingdom of perpetual night. --Shak.

Perpetual feast of nectared sweets. --Milton.

{Circle of perpetual apparition}, or {Circle of perpetual occultation}. See under {Circle}.

{Perpetual calendar}, a calendar so devised that it may be adjusted for any month or year.

{Perpetual curacy} (Ch. of Eng.), a curacy in which all the tithes are appropriated, and no vicarage is endowed. --Blackstone.

{Perpetual motion}. See under {Motion}.

{Perpetual screw}. See {Endless screw}, under {Screw}.

Syn: Continual; unceasing; endless; everlasting; incessant; constant; eternal. See {Constant}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Tax \Tax\, noun [F. taxe, fr. taxer to tax, L. taxare to touch, sharply, to feel, handle, to censure, value, estimate, fr. tangere, tactum, to touch. See {Tangent}, and cf. {Task}, {Taste}.]

1. A charge, especially a pecuniary burden which is imposed by authority. Specifically: (a) A charge or burden laid upon persons or property for the support of a government.

A farmer of taxes is, of all creditors, proverbially the most rapacious. --Macaulay. (b) Especially, the sum laid upon specific things, as upon polls, lands, houses, income, etc.; as, a land tax; a window tax; a tax on carriages, and the like.

Note: Taxes are {annual} or {perpetual}, {direct} or {indirect}, etc. (c) A sum imposed or levied upon the members of a society to defray its expenses.

2. A task exacted from one who is under control; a contribution or service, the rendering of which is imposed upon a subject.

3. A disagreeable or burdensome duty or charge; as, a heavy tax on time or health.

4. Charge; censure. [Obs.] --Clarendon.

5. A lesson to be learned; a task. [Obs.] --Johnson.

{Tax cart}, a spring cart subject to a low tax. [Eng.]

Syn: Impost; tribute; contribution; duty; toll; rate; assessment; exaction; custom; demand.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

perpetual

adjective

1: continuing forever or indefinitely; "the ageless themes of love and revenge"; "eternal truths"; "life everlasting"; "hell's perpetual fires"; "the unending bliss of heaven" [syn: {ageless}, {aeonian}, {eonian}, {eternal}, {everlasting}, {perpetual}, {unending}, {unceasing}]

2: uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing; "the ceaseless thunder of surf"; "in constant pain"; "night and day we live with the incessant noise of the city"; "the never-ending search for happiness"; "the perpetual struggle to maintain standards in a democracy"; "man's unceasing warfare with drought and isolation"; "unremitting demands of hunger" [syn: {ceaseless}, {constant}, {incessant}, {never- ending}, {perpetual}, {unceasing}, {unremitting}]


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