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.

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Northview welcomes all — there’s no dress code, no requirements and no need to put on a mask of perfection. Bailey Basham, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana church brings family-focused values to Binford," 23 Aug. 2019 Alicudi Secret Retreat is a nest of perfection, converted by a Corsican ceramist to feel like a watchtower. Antonia Quirke, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Islands Near Sicily Might Be the Last Uncrowded Part of Italy," 22 Aug. 2019 Piotrowski said the animals are soft and cute, like a little bunch of perfection. Karie Angell Luc,, "Harwood Heights celebrates summer with 10th annual festival," 19 Aug. 2019 Relinquishing the expectation of perfection is part of the Georgian wine drinking experience. Esther Mobley,, "Yes, Georgian wine is worth the hype and yes, you should be drinking it," 15 Aug. 2019 Madison Square Garden tomorrow; Chicago’s United Center on Tuesday—Vogue spoke to Khan about color theory, Funny Girl, and the pursuit of perfection. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Meet the Chicago-Based Designer Behind Barbra Streisand’s Show-Stopping Wardrobe," 2 Aug. 2019 Still no perfect game, though; an error by his teammates in the sixth inning kept him short of perfection once again. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Here's why ex-Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer is underpaid at $42 million a year," 29 June 2019 By the following morning, the air had dried out and the grounds sprang into a kind of sharp autumnal relief—a pretense of perfection. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Inside the Cultish Dreamworld of Augusta National," 14 June 2019 The Groton space’s seating area also features a window into the new ripening room, where about 12,000 pounds of cheese sit aging to perfection. Leeanne Griffin,, "Did some one say grilled-cheese bar? At Mystic Cheese, it’s always a race to keep up with demand," 24 July 2019

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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 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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