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.
Recent Examples on the Web The whole ritual felt truly obsessive, like a chase for perfection. New York Times, 2 June 2021 Add an occasion like a wedding to the equation and the pressure for perfection can be daunting. Essence, 2 June 2021 The gallant art form redefined just how brilliant a diamond could be and highlighted the founders never ending pursuit for perfection. Chelsea Davis, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Whether Hartford has the ingredients to make up that recipe for perfection remains to be seen, though the early reviews have been good. Shawn Mcfarland,, 17 May 2021 The bedrock of Beavers baseball was built on hard work and sacrifice, traits epitomized by former coach Pat Casey, whose maniacal work ethic and push for perfection guided the Beavers to three national championships. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 13 May 2021 Thanks to a heads-up play by McKenna Jenkins, Frisco Wakeland picked up a landmark win in the program’s history on Friday, and Highland Park’s quest for perfection in 2021 is over. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 10 Apr. 2021 What started as Gonzaga’s quest for perfection became a full-scale submission. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 6 Apr. 2021 One game after Gonzaga's freshman star's late heroics kept its pursuit for perfection alive, Suggs' absence derailed his team after picking up two fouls with just under 17 minutes left in the first half. Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, 5 Apr. 2021

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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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22 Jul 2021

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“Perfection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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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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