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Friday, July 26, 2002


\pehr-uh-gruh-NAY-shun\ , noun;
A traveling from place to place; a wandering.
He left Parma in the family camper-van, abandoning it in a Milan car-park to avoid its being identified at border controls before setting off on a peregrination through Switzerland, France, London, Canada, New York and eventually back to London.
-- Paddy Agnew, "Incident leads to crime that has baffled police", Irish Times, December 12, 1998
In 1890, Lafcadio Hearn settled in Japan after a lifetime of restless, melancholy peregrination.
-- Francine Prose, "Modern Geisha", New York Times, April 23, 2000
He ventures out in his pajamas and makes a dreamlike peregrination through the town's deserted streets.
-- Richard Eder, "Puck-ish Ramblings in Midsummer Dreams", New York Times, May 18, 2000
Peregrination comes from Latin peregrinatio, from peregrinari, "to stay or travel in foreign countries," from peregre, "in a foreign country, abroad," from per, "through" + ager, "land."
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