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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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  • perforce it is reasonable to be alarmed to, explain their alarm, and to insist something be done.
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  • If you would understand his plays, you must perforce know something of his life.
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  • There they slew many of us with the edge of the sword, and others they led up with them alive to work for them perforce.
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.

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