(Per*pet"u*ance) n. Perpetuity. [Obs.]
(Per*pet"u*ate) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Perpetuated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Perpetuating.] [L. perpetuatus,
p. p. of perpetuare to perpetuate. See Perpetual.] To make perpetual; to cause to endure, or to be
continued, indefinitely; to preserve from extinction or oblivion; to eternize. Addison. Burke.
(Per*pet"u*ate) a. [L. perpetuatus, p. p.] Made perpetual; perpetuated. [R.] Southey.
(Per*pet`u*a"tion) n. [Cf. F. perpétuation.] The act of making perpetual, or of preserving
from extinction through an endless existence, or for an indefinite period of time; continuance. Sir T.
(Per`pe*tu"i*ty) n. [L. perpetuitas: cf. F. perpétuité.]
1. The quality or state of being perpetual; as, the perpetuity of laws. Bacon.
A path to perpetuity of fame.Byron.
The perpetuity of single emotion is insanity.I. Taylor.
2. Something that is perpetual. South.
3. Endless time. "And yet we should, for perpetuity, go hence in debt." Shak.
4. (Annuities) (a) The number of years in which the simple interest of any sum becomes equal to the
principal. (b) The number of years' purchase to be given for an annuity to continue forever. (c) A perpetual
5. (Law) (a) Duration without limitations as to time. (b) The quality or condition of an estate by which
it becomes inalienable, either perpetually or for a very long period; also, the estate itself so modified or
(Per*plex") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Perplexed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Perplexing.] [L. perplexari. See
1. To involve; to entangle; to make intricate or complicated, and difficult to be unraveled or understood; as,
to perplex one with doubts.
No artful wildness to perplex the scene.Pope.
What was thought obscure, perplexed, and too hard for our weak parts, will lie open to the understanding
in a fair view.Locke.
2. To embarrass; to puzzle; to distract; to bewilder; to confuse; to trouble with ambiguity, suspense, or anxiety.
"Perplexd beyond self-explication." Shak.
We are perplexed, but not in despair.2 Cor. iv. 8.
We can distinguish no general truths, or at least shall be apt to perplex the mind.Locke.
3. To plague; to vex; to tormen. Glanvill.
Syn. To entangle; involve; complicate; embarrass; puzzle; bewilder; confuse; distract. See Embarrass.
(Per*plex"), a. [L. perplexus entangled, intricate; per + plectere, plexum, to plait, braid: cf. F.
perplexe. See Per-, and Plait.] Intricate; difficult. [Obs.] Glanvill.