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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There were also rightful comments about her perfection of the art of the messy bun. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen Issued Her Best Clapback Yet After Sharing This Breastfeeding Pic," 7 July 2018 The perfection of summer just waiting to be burst open with its juicy red fruit dripping down your face as your dangle your feet in a pool while smothered in sunscreen and floaties hug your arms. Melissa Farley, USA TODAY, "Adorable kid drops watermelon. We all feel the pain and relate to the struggle that is life," 2 July 2018 Laced with the intoxicating aroma of almonds and flowers, the resulting jam is an improbable improvement over the natural perfection of ripe stone fruit. Samin Nosrat, New York Times, "How to Unlock the Secret Flavor Hidden at the Apricot’s Core," 27 June 2018 There was something about the perfection of that that brings its own satisfaction and joy, in a way. Christopher Shea, Vox, "Many feminists find Philip Roth’s work off-putting. Elaine Showalter thinks he’s a titan.," 25 May 2018 This is an old American idea, self-improvement, that’s our thing, the pursuit of happiness, the perfection of self. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Author Michael Pollan on Recode Decode," 22 May 2018 The aesthetic perfection has been thoroughly dismantled by a woman in a profound state of rage. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Marti Noxon Wants to Put Angry Women on TV," 15 May 2018 The focus now turns to his stored semen and that of four other dead rhinos, as well as the perfection of in vitro fertilization techniques and the critical need to keep the remaining two females alive., "World's Last Male Northern White Rhino Dies," 20 Mar. 2018 The perfection of the planned community sets the structure for the entire plot, about the disarray created by an artist and her daughter who move to town. Emily Bamforth,, "Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington to bring Shaker Heights' 'Little Fires Everywhere' to TV," 6 Mar. 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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