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

Definition of perfection

1 : the quality or state of being perfect: such as
a : freedom from fault or defect : flawlessness
c : the quality or state of being saintly
2a : an exemplification of supreme excellence
b : an unsurpassable degree of accuracy or excellence
3 : the act or process of perfecting

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Examples of perfection in a Sentence

She has achieved a rare perfection in her playing. His poetry is pure perfection.
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First Known Use of perfection

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for perfection

Middle English perfeccioun, from Anglo-French perfection, from Latin perfection-, perfectio, from perficere

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The first known use of perfection was in the 13th century

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2 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Perfection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of perfection

: the state or condition of being perfect
: the act of making something perfect or better : the act of perfecting something
: something that cannot be improved : something that is perfect


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

Kids Definition of perfection

1 : a quality or condition that cannot be improved The chicken was baked to perfection.
2 : the act of improving something so that it has no flaws
3 : excellence or skill without flaw It was impossible for anybody to throw with such consistent perfection.— Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

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