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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But for the free scores given to consumers by many lenders, perfection is typically 850. Michelle Singletary,, "No, you don’t need a perfect 850 FICO score," 13 July 2018 Unfortunately, Kevin Jonas seems to not have tagged along, leaving this vacation one singer short of perfection. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas, Sophie Turner, and Priyaka Chopra Jonas Take a Ski Vacation in Switzerland," 30 Dec. 2018 Some etiquette experts caution not to lose authenticity in pursuit of perfection. Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, "Dad’s Solution to Buying Presents—Hire Someone Else to Do It," 11 Dec. 2018 Many hand tools reached a point of perfection early in their development. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Stanley Made a Lightweight Plastic Utility Knife. So Is It Any Good?," 14 Nov. 2018 Metals were all composed of the four elements, but were in different stages of maturity on their way to spiritual perfection. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "The Eternal Quest for Aether, the Cosmic Stuff That Never Was," 19 Oct. 2018 The Lucia restaurant is farm-to-table style, and everything from the lobster basil soup to the diver scallops is cooked to perfection. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Weekend Travel Guide: Things to Do In California's Charming Carmel-by-the-Sea," 10 Aug. 2018 Scott’s desire for musical perfection — and his lack of enthusiasm for human players — led him to ponder deleting them from his process altogether. Randall Roberts,, "Raymond Scott, the musical genius you probably don't know, is getting his own L.A. festival," 28 June 2018 The beauty, the on-track perfection, has taken its toll. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Will Power's IndyCar Grand Prix win looked effortless but took everything he had," 12 May 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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