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perpetuate

[per-pech-oo-eyt] /pərˈpɛtʃ uˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), perpetuated, perpetuating.
1.
to make perpetual.
2.
to preserve from extinction or oblivion:
to perpetuate one's name.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin perpetuātus (past participle of perpetuāre, derivative of perpetuus uninterrupted). See perpetual, -ate1
Related forms
perpetuable, adjective
perpetuation, perpetuance
[per-pech-oo-uh ns] /pərˈpɛtʃ u əns/ (Show IPA),
noun
perpetuator, noun
nonperpetuance, noun
nonperpetuation, noun
unperpetuable, adjective
unperpetuated, adjective
unperpetuating, adjective
Can be confused
perpetrate, perpetuate.
Synonyms
2. save, maintain, sustain.
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  • The people who administer the system, the heirs of those who devised it, stand to gain enormously from its perpetuation.
  • For me, one of the hardest things to grapple with is the media's perpetuation of popular myths.
  • It is an endless cycle of aid dependence and perpetuation.
  • The shrinking of our world into a global village has not stopped the perpetuation of misconceptions.
  • The perpetuation of food stamps only help perpetuate obesity.
  • And it is an endless cycle of aid dependence and perpetuation.
  • The cost of the war was one thing, but the existing horror is the perpetuation of the misery.
  • Contentment lies in the perpetuation of immediately gratifying experience.
  • The perpetuation of a grand coalition also runs into broader objections.
  • Yet it is a small anecdote among many of large areas becoming nothing more than self-perpetuation enclaves of welfare.
British Dictionary definitions for perpetuation

perpetuate

/pəˈpɛtjʊˌeɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to cause to continue or prevail: to perpetuate misconceptions
Derived Forms
perpetuation, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin perpetuāre to continue without interruption, from perpetuusperpetual
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Word Origin and History for perpetuation
n.

late 14c., from Medieval Latin perpetuationem (nominative perpetuatio), noun of action from past participle stem of perpetuare (see perpetuate).

perpetuate

v.

1520s, a back-formation from perpetuation or else from Latin perpetuatus, past participle of perpetuare "to make perpetual," from perpetuus (see perpetual). Related: Perpetuated; Perpetuating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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