One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Remain in existence; endure.‘bell music has perdured in Venice throughout five centuries’
- ‘This belief has perdured without question in the Catholic Church to this day, and is repeated almost verbatim in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.’
- ‘Certainly the romance of the Tortured Genius has perdured in modern Western art.’
- ‘While remnant systems perdured, the game was up for all of them - they were no longer alternatives to the dominant and victorious paradigm.’
- ‘Even worse is the widespread impression that Science produces as an output a generic ‘thing’ which perdures through time, be it called ‘knowledge’ or ‘information’ or epistemic virtue.’
- ‘The older nexus between self-improvement and traditional morality perdures as an undiminished factor in their worldview.’
Late 15th century: from Old French perdurer, from Latin perdurare ‘endure’, from per- ‘through’ + durare ‘to last’.
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