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.
Recent Examples on the Web Every detail of the annual Kardashian-Jenner Christmas Ever party is planned to perfection — all the way down to the parting gifts. Mary Honkus,, "Kris Jenner's Christmas Gift Bags Included Over $100,000 Worth of Dolce&Gabbana x SMEG Appliances," 10 Jan. 2020 Not only was her baby hair laid to perfection, but her strands were styled into a unique updo with a few surprising elements. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Yara Shahidi Rocked Must-See Hair At The Golden Globes After-Party," 6 Jan. 2020 Mitchell, back for his 12th season as the head coach of the Senators, loves when a plan is executed to perfection. Shelby Dermer,, "Taft basketball returning to form under head coach Mark Mitchell," 4 Jan. 2020 What that mimics is the behavior of a distressed baitfish almost to perfection. Field & Stream, "The Best Hunting and Fishing Gear of the Decade," 27 Dec. 2019 Chili's brought in highly seasoned interior design expert Brian Patrick Flynn of HGTV to carry out this appetizing design, and very much like the ribs, the project was seared to perfection. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This Couple Won a $30,000 Home Reno From Chili's and the Decor Is Spicy," 19 Dec. 2019 In the evenings, the crowds gather at Humo—the Latin American grill that cooks steaks and seafood to perfection—and the mezcal bar next door, Candil. Stephanie Wu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Zadun, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve: First In," 10 Dec. 2019 Celebrity chefs Dan Smith and Gale Gand, known for their shows on the Food Network, stepped in to help students master minute details to ensure each dish was cooked to perfection. Javonte Anderson,, "Chicago high school students prepare farm-to-table Thanksgiving meal for senior citizens: ‘I look forward to this every year’," 27 Nov. 2019 Plantation established an effective game plan that was orchestrated by quarterback Chico Jayden to perfection. Emmett Hall,, "Plantation Wildcats celebrate Super Bowl victory over Delray Rocks," 26 Nov. 2019

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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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23 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Perfection.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 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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