perfection

noun per·fec·tion \ pər-ˈfek-shən \
Updated on: 15 May 2018
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
2 a : an exemplification of supreme excellence
b : an unsurpassable degree of accuracy or excellence
3 : the act or process of perfecting

Examples of perfection in a Sentence

  1. She has achieved a rare perfection in her playing.

  2. His poetry is pure perfection.

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Origin and Etymology of perfection

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


PERFECTION Defined for English Language Learners

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 Defined for Kids

perfection

noun per·fec·tion \ pər-ˈfek-shən \
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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