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The quality or condition of being permanent; permanency.
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Also: permanentness the state or quality of being permanent
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(ˈpɜr mə nəns)

the condition or quality of being permanent.
[1400–50; < Medieval Latin permanentia. See permanent, -ence]
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  1. 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.

  2. (She was) as immutable as the hills. But not quite so green —Rudyard Kipling
  3. Bonds … as immutable as a tribal code —Anon
  4. Changeless as heaven —John Greenleaf Whittier
  5. Changeless as truth —John Keats
  6. Constant as the Northern Star —William Shakespeare
  7. Enduring as a family feud —Anon
  8. (A novelistic structure as harsh and) enduring as any tabby wall —John D. MacDonald
  9. Enduring as mother love —Anon
  10. Enduring as the Washington Monument —Anon
  11. Enduring as the Constitution —Anon
  12. Fixed as a habit or some darling sin —John Oldham
  13. Fixed as a leopard’s spots —Anon
  14. Fixed as a tiger’s stripes —Anon
  15. Fixed as the cycle of life —Anon
  16. Fixed as the days in the week —Anon
  17. Fixed as the sun —Erasmus
  18. (In two years he) had altered as little as the landscape —Ellen Glasgow
  19. (My love of art seemed as) as indelible as ink —Jill Ciment
  20. Invariable as a formula —Ellen Glasgow
  21. Irrevocable as death —Charlotte Brontë
  22. Lasts like iron —Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  23. Like love we seldom keep —W. H. Auden
  24. Of no more true substance than a scarecrow in a field —George Garrett
  25. (The fine carnation of their skin is) perennial as sunlight —Herman Melville
  26. 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.

  27. Settled … like an oil stain —Charles Johnson
  28. Unalterable as the little paper flowers permanently visible inside the lumpy glass paperweights —Ezra Pound
  29. Unchanging as the nation’s flag —George Jean Nathan
  30. (Ideas, though painfully acquired,) stick like nails in the best oak —Joyce Cary
  31. (My bounded brain was as) unalterable as a ball —Jean Stafford
  32. Binding as a wedding ring used to be —Elyse Sommer
  33. Eternal as the sky —John Greenleaf Whittier
  34. Eternity … like a great ring of pure and endless light —Henry Vaughan

    The simile is introduced with “I saw eternity the other night.”

  35. [Eyes] imperishable as diamonds —Ellen du Pois Taylor
  36. (Psychology) will live long as the pyramids —Delmore Schwartz
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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"
perpetuity, sempiternity - the property of being perpetual (seemingly ceaseless)
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
impermanence, impermanency - the property of not existing for indefinitely long durations
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[ˈpɜːmənəns] Npermanencia f
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[ˈpɜːrmənəns] npermanence f
the permanence of sth (state, relationship, feeling)le caractère permanent de qch
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, permanency
nDauerhaftigkeit f, → Permanenz f; (of relationship, marriage, arrangement also, of job)Beständigkeit f; having bought a flat, she began to feel some degree of permanencenachdem sie sich (dat)eine Wohnung gekauft hatte, entwickelte sie ein gewisses Gefühl der Bodenständigkeit
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[ˈpɜːmənəns] npermanenza
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(ˈpəːmənənt) adjective
lasting; not temporary. After many years of travelling, they made a permanent home in England.
ˈpermanently adverb
ˈpermanence noun
permanent wave noun
(usually abbreviated to perm (pəːm) ) a wave or curl put into a person's hair by a special process and usually lasting for several months.
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References in classic literature ?
Nor even then, as the Everhard Manuscript well shows, was any permanence attributed to the Iron Heel.
Some attribute had departed from her, the permanence of which had been essential to keep her a woman.
And she was spirit, first and always spirit, etherealized essence of life, calm as her calm eyes, and sure of permanence in the changing order of the universe.
Then, every generation of the family might have altered the interior, to suit its own taste and convenience; while the exterior, through the lapse of years, might have been adding venerableness to its original beauty, and thus giving that impression of permanence which I consider essential to the happiness of any one moment."
Facile natures, whose emotions have little permanence, can hardly understand how much inward resistance he overcame before he rose from his seat and turned towards Arthur.
To anything like a permanence of abode, or limitation of society, Henry Crawford had, unluckily, a great dislike: he could not accommodate his sister in an article of such importance; but he escorted her, with the utmost kindness, into Northamptonshire, and as readily engaged to fetch her away again, at half an hour's notice, whenever she were weary of the place.
As for Diana's Grove, they looked in vain for a sign which had a suggestion of permanence. The oak trees of the Grove were still to be seen--some of them-- emerging from a haze of smoke, the great trunks solid and erect as ever, but the larger branches broken and twisted and rent, with bark stripped and chipped, and the smaller branches broken and dishevelled looking from the constant stress and threshing of the storm.
There were dirty trays, and wine-coolers en permanence on the sideboard, huge dirty gilt cornices, with dingy yellow satin hangings to the barred windows which looked into Cursitor Street-- vast and dirty gilt picture frames surrounding pieces sporting and sacred, all of which works were by the greatest masters--and fetched the greatest prices, too, in the bill transactions, in the course of which they were sold and bought over and over again.
It is upon the permanence of certain types of animal life upon the earth.
The crude permanence rate shows that 52.9 percent of the children in the experimental group were either adopted or taken into private guardianship by their caregivers compared with 46.2 percent of the children in the control group, who were eligible only for adoption subsidies (Table 2).
Q: What does this say about the permanence of any government program?
In uv stabilizers, there are new HALS and blends, primarily for polyolefins, that offer high activity and permanence and have lower interaction with pigments and halogens.