perfection

noun

per·​fec·​tion pər-ˈfek-shən How to pronounce perfection (audio)
1
: the quality or state of being perfect: such as
a
: freedom from fault or defect : flawlessness
b
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

She has achieved a rare perfection in her playing. His poetry is pure perfection.
Recent Examples on the Web For several bright and sunny hours Saturday afternoon, the skies above the District seemed to approach a version of perfection, with all clouds sent into atmospheric exile. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2024 Constantly in the spotlight, the swans strived for perfection. Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 3 Feb. 2024 Despite Don Larsen’s perfect game for the Yankees in the 1956 World Series – against Brooklyn, no less – perfection wasn’t something anyone expected to see. Barry Jacobs – Columnist, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Here, the slightest defect is visible, and so developing the right technique to achieve this level of perfection, for me, is pure adrenaline! Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 26 Jan. 2024 What has worked in my personal partnership has been keeping in mind progress over perfection. Sugey Palomares, Parents, 26 Jan. 2024 With the caveats that artistic awards are always an exercise in subjectivity and that infinite factors are at play in determining them, a good question to ask is why a man playing a blond avatar of perfection felt like a braver feat than a woman doing the same? Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Jan. 2024 This easy, breezy fold proves that perfection isn't always your best bet—sometimes your table will look just as polished with a simpler napkin fold. Maggie Burch, Southern Living, 24 Jan. 2024 But Gerwig was passed over for a best director nod and Robbie, who played Barbie to pink perfection, was passed over for a best actress nod. Paul Grein, Billboard, 24 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of perfection was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Perfection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perfection. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

perfection

noun
per·​fec·​tion pər-ˈfek-shən How to pronounce perfection (audio)
1
: the quality or state of being perfect
2
: a perfect quality or thing
3
: a degree of accuracy or excellence that cannot be bettered
cooked to perfection
4
: the act or process of perfecting

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