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[per-fawrs, -fohrs] /pərˈfɔrs, -ˈfoʊrs/
of necessity; necessarily; by force of circumstance:
The story must perforce be true.
Origin of perforce
1300-50; per + force; replacing Middle English par force < Middle French Unabridged
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  • For he did love her, perhaps the more tenderly that doubts must, perforce, arise.

    The Claim Jumpers Stewart Edward White
  • Kirkwood acceded, perforce; and bided his time with what tolerance he could muster.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Many, however, had perforce to be content with a long knife, with the lasso and the sling—the boleadores—as subsidiary weapons.

    Uruguay W. H. Koebel
  • When he plunged through the doorway, Charlie perforce went right with him.

    Flamedown Horace Brown Fyfe
  • The punt-out had failed, however, and the cheering flaunters of blue banners had perforce to be content with five points.

    Behind the Line Ralph Henry Barbour
  • But his vanity and weakness of character had perforce to triumph!

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • There, perforce, we must arrest our progress, lost in transcendent wonder.

  • It is part of my punishment, and you, perforce, must bear witness.

    Wanderer of Infinity Harl Vincent
  • The latter made a strenuous effort to get the autograph score of the A minor, but had perforce to content himself with a copy.

British Dictionary definitions for perforce


by necessity; unavoidably
Word Origin
C14: from Old French par force; see per, force1
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Word Origin and History for perforce

early 14c., par force, from Old French par force (12c.), literally "by force" (see force). With Latin per substituted 17c. for French cognate par.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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