im·​per·​fec·​tion | \ ˌim-pər-ˈfek-shən How to pronounce imperfection (audio) \

Definition of imperfection

: the quality or state of being imperfect also : fault, blemish

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Examples of imperfection in a Sentence

He detected several imperfections in the surface of the jewel. She tried to hide the imperfection in the cloth.
Recent Examples on the Web Tamron Hall Race car driver Danica Patrick; using the power of imperfection. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Friday: ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’ on the CW," 18 Mar. 2021 By comparison, Wabi Sabi invokes the idea of the imperfection of patina, an effect that might come after much use. Lis King, House Beautiful, "Japandi Style: How Japanese and Scandinavian Design Became a Hybrid—and Why It's Trending Now," 8 Mar. 2021 Be wary of high-gloss finishes, though, which tend to show every imperfection. Washington Post, "How to make that DIY paint job look more professional," 23 Feb. 2021 Honesty even in moments of imperfection is crucial. Erik Oberholtzer, Rolling Stone, "5 Elements Food Entrepreneurs Should Consider Upon Entering a Post-Pandemic World," 8 Mar. 2021 The very rawness of branches, their imperfection, speaks to our haunted moment. New York Times, "How Untamed Branches Are an Apt Symbol for Our Turbulent Times," 5 Mar. 2021 Each imperfection was there to see, personal and professional. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, "Tiger Woods and Another Terrible Turn of Fate," 25 Feb. 2021 The Dispo app brings back the feeling of nostalgia, imperfection and waiting calmly for images to develop overnight. Goldie Chan, Forbes, "How Dispo Helps Us Tell Nostalgic And Connected Stories," 24 Feb. 2021 Madlib and his peers made a style out of imperfection—the way drums sometimes lag a nanosecond behind, or a sampled loop where a background hiss becomes part of the beat. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "The Obsessive Beat-Making of Madlib," 18 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of imperfection

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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13 Apr 2021

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“Imperfection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of imperfection

: a small flaw or bad part
: the state of being imperfect : lack of perfection


im·​per·​fec·​tion | \ ˌim-pər-ˈfek-shən How to pronounce imperfection (audio) \

Kids Definition of imperfection

1 : the quality or state of having faults or defects : lack of perfection
2 : a small flaw or fault

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