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perforce

The adverb perforce means "necessarily" or "inevitably." As wonderful and warm as summer is, it must perforce come to an end.

Read enough poetry and you'll perforce come across the word perforce sooner or later. It's mainly used in literary or formal contexts, so you can choose to use it if you want to sound fancy: "Our disagreement over what to have for dinner will perforce end in our ordering a pizza." Perforce comes from the Old French par force, "by force."

Definitions of perforce
  1. adverb
    by necessity; by force of circumstance
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