One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to express necessity or inevitability.‘amateurs, perforce, have to settle for less expensive solutions’
necessarily, of necessity, inevitably, unavoidably, by force of circumstances, needs mustView synonyms
- ‘Motorists are becoming increasingly anarchical, but this could be simply a means to an end as anyone wishing to drive through Keighley these days must perforce adopt an aggressive attitude.’
- ‘Lurid black and white must perforce give way to reputable gray.’
- ‘Such a work of synthesis, he asserts, ‘must perforce construct its own rules of engagement.’’
- ‘Any modern understanding of the history of the region must perforce rely on the oral traditions.’
- ‘But just as W.B. Yeats had trouble separating the dancer from the dance, so too is it impossible to separate the more graceful moments from the ugly, at times horrifying, context in which they must perforce arise.’
Middle English: from Old French par force ‘by force’.
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