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Monday, January 31, 2005


\pur-DUR-uh-bul; pur-DYUR-\ , adjective;
Very durable; lasting; continuing long.
The idea of a classic is historically bound up with the view . . . that there are certain perdurable human truths and values, immune from geographical or historical vitiation.
-- John Romano, "A Novel of Hope and Realism", New York Times, April 4, 1982
In her first book, Lisa See . . . tackles a family -- her own -- whose intricate genealogy, bravura entrepreneurship, bitter adulteries and perdurable rivalries might have intimidated a lesser chronicler into euphemism.
-- Elizabeth Tallent, "Chinese Roots", New York Times, August 27, 1995
A Colombian poet's perdurable love for a woman is tested by "life's changing conditions."
-- "Best Sellers List: January 1 1989", New York Times, January 1, 1989
Perdurable ultimately comes from Late Latin perdurabilis, from Latin perdurare, to last a long time, to endure, from per-, throughout + durare, to last.
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