Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Peregrinate intransitive verb
[ Latin peregrinatus
, past participle of peregrinari
to travel. See Pilgrim
.] To travel from place to place, or from one country to another; hence, to sojourn in foreign countries.
Peregrinate adjective [ Latin peregrinatus , past participle ] Having traveled; foreign. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Peregrination noun [ Latin peregrinatio : confer French pérégrination .] A traveling from one country to another; a wandering; sojourn in foreign countries. "His peregrination abroad." Bacon.
Peregrinator noun [ Latin ] One who peregrinates; one who travels about.
[ Latin peregrinus
. See Pilgrim
.] Foreign; not native; extrinsic or from without; exotic.
[ Spelt also pelegrine
.] " Peregrine
and preternatural heat." Bacon. Peregrine falcon (Zoology)
, a courageous and swift falcon ( Falco peregrinus ), remarkable for its wide distribution over all the continents. The adult plumage is dark bluish ash on the back, nearly black on the head and cheeks, white beneath, barred with black below the throat. Called also peregrine hawk , duck hawk , game hawk , and great-footed hawk .
Peregrine noun The peregrine falcon.
Peregrinity noun [ Latin peregrinitas : confer French pérégrinité .]
1. Foreignness; strangeness. [ Obsolete] "Somewhat of a peregrinity in their dialect." Johnson. 2. Travel; wandering. [ R.] Carlyle.
Perel noun Apparel. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Perempt transitive verb
[ Latin peremptus
, past participle of perimere
to take away entirely, to destroy; per
) + OL. emere
to take. See Redeem
.] (Law) To destroy; to defeat.
[ R.] Ayliffe.
Peremption noun [ Latin peremptio : confer French péremption .] (Law) A quashing; a defeating. [ Obsolete]
Peremptorily adverb In a peremptory manner; absolutely; positively. Bacon.
Peremptoriness noun The quality of being peremptory; positiveness.
[ Latin peremptorius
destructive, deadly, decisive, final: confer French péremptorie
. See Perempt
.] 1. Precluding debate or expostulation; not admitting of question or appeal; positive; absolute; decisive; conclusive; final.
Think of heaven with hearty purposes and peremptory designs to get thither. Jer. Taylor. 2. Positive in opinion or judgment; decided; dictatorial; dogmatical.
Be not too positive and peremptory . Bacon.
Briefly, then, for we are peremptory . Shak. 3. Firmly determined; unawed.
[ Poetic] Shak. Peremptory challenge (Law) See under Challenge .
-- Peremptory mandamus
, a final and absolute mandamus.
-- Peremptory plea
, a plea by a defendant tending to impeach the plaintiff's right of action; a plea in bar. Syn.
-- Decisive; positive; absolute; authoritative; express; arbitrary; dogmatical.
[ Latin perennis
that lasts the whole year through; per
through + annus
year. See Per-
, and Annual
.] 1. ing or continuing through the year; as, perennial fountains. 2. Continuing without cessation or intermission; perpetual; unceasing; never failing.
The perennial existence of bodies corporate. Burke. 3. (Botany) Continuing more than two years; as, a perennial steam, or root, or plant. Syn.
-- Perpetual; unceasing; never failing; enduring; continual; permanent; uninterrupted.
Perennial noun (Botany) A perennial plant; a plant which lives or continues more than two years, whether it retains its leaves in winter or not.
Perennially adverb In a perennial manner.
Perennibranchiata noun plural
[ New Latin See Perennial
, and Branchia
.] (Zoology) Those Batrachia which retain their gills through life, as the menobranchus.
[ See Perennial
, and Branchiate
.] 1. (Anat.) Having branchæ, or gills, through life; -- said especially of certain Amphibia, like the menobranchus. Opposed to caducibranchiate . 2. (Zoology) Belonging to the Perennibranchiata.
Perennity noun [ Latin perennitas .] The quality of being perennial. [ R.] Derham.
Pererration noun [ Latin pererrare , pererratum , to wander through.] A wandering, or rambling, through various places. [ R.] Howell.
[ Middle English parfit
, Old French parfit
, French parfait
, Latin perfectus
, past participle of perficere
to carry to the end, to perform, finish, perfect; per
) + facere
to make, do. See Fact
.] 1. Brought to consummation or completeness; completed; not defective nor redundant; having all the properties or qualities requisite to its nature and kind; without flaw, fault, or blemish; without error; mature; whole; pure; sound; right; correct.
My strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Cor. xii. 9.
Three glorious suns, each one a perfect sun. Shak.
I fear I am not in my perfect mind. Shak.
O most entire perfect sacrifice! Keble.
God made thee perfect , not immutable. Milton. 2. Well informed; certain; sure.
I am perfect that the Pannonains are now in arms. Shak. 3. (Botany) Hermaphrodite; having both stamens and pistils; -- said of flower. Perfect cadence (Mus.)
, a complete and satisfactory close in harmony, as upon the tonic preceded by the dominant.
-- Perfect chord (Mus.)
, a concord or union of sounds which is perfectly coalescent and agreeable to the ear, as the unison, octave, fifth, and fourth; a perfect consonance; a common chord in its original position of keynote, third, fifth, and octave.
-- Perfect number (Arith.)
, a number equal to the sum of all its divisors; as, 28, whose aliquot parts, or divisors, are 14, 7, 4, 2, 1. See Abundant number , under Abundant . Brande & C.
-- Perfect tense (Gram.)
, a tense which expresses an act or state completed. Syn.
-- Finished; consummate; complete; entire; faultless; blameless; unblemished.
Perfect noun The perfect tense, or a form in that tense.
Perfect transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Perfected
; present participle & verbal noun Perfecting
.] [ Latin perfectus
, past participle of perficere
. See Perfect
] To make perfect; to finish or complete, so as to leave nothing wanting; to give to anything all that is requisite to its nature and kind.
God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfect in us. 1 John iv. 12.
Inquire into the nature and properties of the things, . . . and thereby perfect our ideas of their distinct species. Locke. Perfecting press (Print.)
, a press in which the printing on both sides of the paper is completed in one passage through the machine. Syn.
-- To finish; accomplish; complete; consummate.
Perfecter noun One who, or that which, makes perfect. "The . . . perfecter of our faith." Barrow.
Perfectibilian noun A perfectionist. [ R.] Ed. Rev.
Perfectibilist noun A perfectionist. See also Illuminati , 2.
Perfectibility noun [ Confer French perfectibilité .] The quality or state of being perfectible.
Perfectible adjective [ Confer French perfectible .] Capable of becoming, or being made, perfect.
[ French perfection
, Latin perfectio
.] 1. The quality or state of being perfect or complete, so that nothing requisite is wanting; entire development; consummate culture, skill, or moral excellence; the highest attainable state or degree of excellence; maturity; as, perfection in an art, in a science, or in a system; perfection in form or degree; fruits in perfection . 2. A quality, endowment, or acquirement completely excellent; an ideal faultlessness; especially, the divine attribute of complete excellence. Shak.
What tongue can her perfections tell? Sir P. Sidney. To perfection
, in the highest degree of excellence; perfectly; as, to imitate a model to perfection .
Perfection transitive verb To perfect. [ Obsolete] Foote.
Perfectional adjective Of or pertaining to perfection; characterized by perfection. [ R.] Bp. Pearson.
Perfectionate transitive verb To perfect. Dryden.
Perfectionism noun The doctrine of the Perfectionists.
Perfectionist noun One pretending to perfection; esp., one pretending to moral perfection; one who believes that persons may and do attain to moral perfection and sinlessness in this life. South.
Perfectionment noun [ Confer French perfectionnement .] The act of bringing to perfection, or the state of having attained to perfection. [ R.] I. Taylor.
Perfective adjective Tending or conducing to make perfect, or to bring to perfection; -- usually followed by of .
Actions perfective of their natures. Ray.
Perfectively adverb In a perfective manner.
Perfectly adverb In a perfect manner or degree; in or to perfection; completely; wholly; throughly; faultlessly.
As many as touched were made perfectly whole. Matt. xiv. 36.
Perfectness noun The quality or state of being perfect; perfection. "Charity, which is the bond of perfectness ." Col. iii. 14.
Perfervid adjective [ Prefix per- + fervid .] Very fervid; too fervid; glowing; ardent.
[ Latin perficiens
, present participle of perficere
to perform. See Perfect
.] Making or doing throughly; efficient; effectual.
[ R.] Blackstone.
Perficient noun One who performs or perfects a work; especially, one who endows a charity. [ R.]
Perfidious (pẽr*fĭd"ĭ*ŭs; 277) adjective [ Latin perfidious .]
1. Guilty of perfidy; violating good faith or vows; false to trust or confidence reposed; teacherous; faithless; as, a perfidious friend. Shak. 2. Involving, or characterized by, perfidy. "Involved in this perfidious fraud." Milton.
Perfidiously adverb In a perfidious manner.
Perfidiousness noun The quality of being perfidious; perfidy. Clarendon.
; plural Perfidies
(- dĭz). [ Latin perfidia
, from Latin perfidus
(cf. Sanskrit parā
away) + fides
faith: confer French perfidie
. See Faith
.] The act of violating faith or allegiance; violation of a promise or vow, or of trust reposed; faithlessness; treachery.
The ambition and perfidy of tyrants. Macaulay.
His perfidy to this sacred engagement. DeQuincey.
Perfit (pẽr"fĭt) adjective Perfect. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Perfix (pẽr"fĭks) transitive verb [ Prefix per- + fix .] To fix surely; to appoint. [ Obsolete]
[ Latin perflabilis
. See Perflate
.] Capable of being blown through.
Perflate transitive verb [ Latin perflatus , past participle of perflare to blow through.] To blow through. [ Obsolete] Harvey.