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

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 Meeting that expectation would require a level of perfection that doesn’t exist. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 16 Sep. 2022 The Whataburger fries, on the other hand, were shoestring-thin, salty, crispy rods of perfection. Brandon Mercer, Chron, 16 Sep. 2022 For Mari, the ceremony was nothing short of perfection. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 15 Sep. 2022 In a field eternally questing for true inspiration, Sondheim’s scores represent for me a kind of perfection — or at least, an artist’s indomitable effort to achieve it. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 15 Aug. 2022 His performance — and Cher's charming, lived-in, completely natural portrayal of the put-upon Castorini — are perfection. Debby Wolfinsohn,, 15 Sep. 2022 While the bars routine was perfection, the floor effort was just as impressive in Farden’s mind. The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Feb. 2022 Coming hot off her style tour around Italy, Addison wore a midi handkerchief dress that is *perfection. Seventeen, 24 Aug. 2022 Yes, the cheese and bread alone would be perfection, but save room for the chocolate mousse! Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, 2 Aug. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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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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