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Tuesday, August 18

Ceaselessly

[SEES-ləs-lee]

Part of speech: adverb

Origin: Latin, late 16th century

1.

Continuously and without end.

Examples of Ceaselessly in a sentence

" 'And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.' —The Great Gatsby"

"If you don't fix that screen door, the banging will continue ceaselessly."

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About Ceaselessly

You might be familiar with the verb "cease," meaning "bring to an end." When you add "-less" that turns it into the adjective meaning "without end" and the further addition of "-ly" gives us the adverb "ceaselessly." This means something is done without end.

Did you Know?

F. Scott Fitzgerald used the word "ceaselessly" in last line of "The Great Gatsby." Just like fighting against the current of the waves, Nick observed that Gatsby's struggle to revive his love with Daisy signified how people are destined to repeat the past.

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