per·​fec·​tion | \pər-ˈfek-shən \

Definition of perfection 

1 : the quality or state of being perfect: such as

a : freedom from fault or defect : flawlessness

b : maturity

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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The architecture is stunning and the acoustics are perfection. Laura Itzkowitz, Vogue, "Where 4 Female Architects and Designers Will Be Hanging Out During Design Week Mexico," 1 Oct. 2018 Their added female vocals and piano-playing are perfection. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "The Best Cover Songs of 2018 May Be Better Than the Originals," 26 July 2018 Floreal’s pursuit of perfection started with those teams. Chris Chavez,, "Inside The Mind of Eldrick Floreal and His Approach to Coaching Sydney McLaughlin," 7 June 2018 The Ohara gang has completely abandoned such strictures to adopt an anti-Kyoto stance: using ingredients that are often ugly, vary in taste and make no pretense of perfection. Tom Downey, WSJ, "Explore Kyoto With the Chefs Who Are Turning Culinary Tradition on Its Head," 28 May 2018 To reach the restoration site where this crew is working, Silver traversed a realm of perfection: cool, pellucid pools and side channels of Elk Creek, a tributary of the Hoh. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Battling Scotch broom along Olympic’s Hoh River that threatens fish, forests," 27 May 2018 Moments like this one—odd, funny disruptions of perfection—are where Nadia Lee Cohen thrives. Andrea Alonso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Step Inside the Lynchian World of L.A. Photographer Nadia Lee Cohen," 21 May 2018 Or, to be more accurate, the perception of perfection. Michael Jordan won his six rings in six Finals tries, with those two three-peats separated by his first retirement and that brief-but-fascinating minor league baseball career. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Michael Jordan or LeBron James: Which one is the Greatest of All Time?," 13 May 2018 The rare dose of perfection is far better than the consistent drip of mediocrity. Joe Ray, WIRED, "Are Air Fryers Worth It?," 10 May 2018

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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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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 \

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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