perfection

noun
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
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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That said, Huntington-Whiteley acknowledges that sometimes all the Instagram perfection can be bad for you. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's #1 Product for Glowy Skin Is Not What You'd Expect," 22 Feb. 2019 When the inserts are in, my ear ends up touching them, and that contact detracts from the borderline perfection of the Aeon Flow’s comfort. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "MrSpeakers Aeon Flow headphones review: songs of ice and fire," 30 July 2018 These cool, gorgeous, lonely spaces conjure up associations with both the futuristic perfection of virtual worlds and vaguely seedy memories of glamorous vacations and escapist activities. Gayle Clemans, The Seattle Times, "Artists at Winston Wächter gallery construct enticing ‘Summer Dreams’," 30 July 2018 The Big 12 has kept the conference from perfection. Dan Gelston, The Seattle Times, "Upset Special? NCAA favorites lead the way into Sweet 16," 25 Mar. 2019 According to the company, however, perfection didn’t come easily. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Dell's Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition laptops save you from lost pens and hot panels," 8 Jan. 2019 On a recent visit, a spring vegetable omelette was a symphony of cheese and market veggies (radishes, green peas, beans, and pickled ramps), and the accompanying bread was perfection. Karin Eldor, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Brunches in Montreal," 6 Aug. 2018 But for the free scores given to consumers by many lenders, perfection is typically 850. Michelle Singletary, BostonGlobe.com, "No, you don’t need a perfect 850 FICO score," 13 July 2018 Unfortunately, Kevin Jonas seems to not have tagged along, leaving this vacation one singer short of perfection. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas, Sophie Turner, and Priyaka Chopra Jonas Take a Ski Vacation in Switzerland," 30 Dec. 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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perfection

noun

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

perfection

noun
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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