plu·​per·​fect ˌplü-ˈpər-fikt How to pronounce pluperfect (audio)
: utterly perfect or complete
pluperfect noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Gable is pluperfect and gives a brilliant performance. Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2023

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Word History


Middle English pluperfyth, modification of Late Latin plusquamperfectus, literally, more than perfect

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pluperfect was in the 15th century

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“Pluperfect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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