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per•ma•nence(ˈpɜr mə nəns)
See Also: CONTINUITY
- As assured of longevity as the statues on Easter Island —John W. Aldridge, New York Times Book Review, October 26, 1986.
The work to which Aldridge ascribes the longevity of the Easter Island statues is Joseph Heller’s Catch-22.
- (She was) as immutable as the hills. But not quite so green —Rudyard Kipling
- Bonds … as immutable as a tribal code —Anon
- Changeless as heaven —John Greenleaf Whittier
- Changeless as truth —John Keats
- Constant as the Northern Star —William Shakespeare
- Enduring as a family feud —Anon
- (A novelistic structure as harsh and) enduring as any tabby wall —John D. MacDonald
- Enduring as mother love —Anon
- Enduring as the Washington Monument —Anon
- Enduring as the Constitution —Anon
- Fixed as a habit or some darling sin —John Oldham
- Fixed as a leopard’s spots —Anon
- Fixed as a tiger’s stripes —Anon
- Fixed as the cycle of life —Anon
- Fixed as the days in the week —Anon
- Fixed as the sun —Erasmus
- (In two years he) had altered as little as the landscape —Ellen Glasgow
- (My love of art seemed as) as indelible as ink —Jill Ciment
- Invariable as a formula —Ellen Glasgow
- Irrevocable as death —Charlotte Brontë
- Lasts like iron —Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
- Like love we seldom keep —W. H. Auden
- Of no more true substance than a scarecrow in a field —George Garrett
- (The fine carnation of their skin is) perennial as sunlight —Herman Melville
- Permanent as the bathroom fixture —Nora Johnson
In Johnson’s novel, The World of Henry Orient, the comparative frame of reference is a woman whom the narrator of the novel likes and trusts.
- Settled … like an oil stain —Charles Johnson
- Unalterable as the little paper flowers permanently visible inside the lumpy glass paperweights —Ezra Pound
- Unchanging as the nation’s flag —George Jean Nathan
- (Ideas, though painfully acquired,) stick like nails in the best oak —Joyce Cary
- (My bounded brain was as) unalterable as a ball —Jean Stafford
- Binding as a wedding ring used to be —Elyse Sommer
- Eternal as the sky —John Greenleaf Whittier
- Eternity … like a great ring of pure and endless light —Henry Vaughan
The simile is introduced with “I saw eternity the other night.”
- [Eyes] imperishable as diamonds —Ellen du Pois Taylor
- (Psychology) will live long as the pyramids —Delmore Schwartz
|Noun||1.||permanence - the property of being able to exist for an indefinite duration|
length, duration - continuance in time; "the ceremony was of short duration"; "he complained about the length of time required"
durability, enduringness, lastingness, strength - permanence by virtue of the power to resist stress or force; "they advertised the durability of their products"
imperishability, imperishableness, imperishingness - the property of being resistant to decay; "he advertised the imperishability of the product"
perdurability - the property of being extremely durable
immortality - the quality or state of being immortal