Definition of perfection in English:



mass noun
  • 1The state or quality of being perfect.

    ‘the satiny perfection of her skin’
    ‘his pursuit of golfing perfection’
    • ‘You are greeted by yet another beautiful day, dazzling in its perfection.’
    • ‘In today's society, the goal of obtaining physical perfection is quite common.’
    • ‘From the outset the plan for this website was to highlight all the forms of perfection this wonderful property offers.’
    • ‘Regardless, all this needs to attain perfection is a few minutes shaved off of the overall running time.’
    • ‘His dancing isn't trendy, nor is it the pinnacle of technical perfection.’
    • ‘The issue here is not technical perfection, or aspects of image quality.’
    • ‘Is it the pursuit of perfection, a realisation of pragmatism, the search for the divine or perhaps baser instincts which drive us into wanting someone?’
    • ‘Characters take turns bemoaning their frustrations or looking at the unattainable perfection of the stars.’
    • ‘The thumb and index finger form a circle which represents the perfection of wisdom.’
    • ‘He hated mediocrity and always strived for perfection and excellence.’
    • ‘Throughout this series, the power of the image is enhanced by its technical perfection and tonal richness.’
    • ‘Certainly, it is undemonstrative in its perfection; but that very perfection is a quality we should treasure.’
    • ‘It is not everyday that you are given the fortune of acquainting yourself with an quintessence of perfection like me.’
    • ‘We must place our efforts into nearing perfection, not demanding it of others.’
    • ‘The decade she spent looking for the paragon of perfection would not go in vain.’
    • ‘Remember, this is a world-class hotel, and absolute perfection is expected of all its employees.’
    • ‘I mean, I spent 30 years in the world of physical perfection, right?’
    • ‘In order that man devote himself totally to achieving spiritual perfection, many forms of labor will become obsolete.’
    • ‘They can't expect perfection or permanence, and they must bow to universal usage.’
    • ‘Fortunately, I have honed the whole smiling and nodding thing to near perfection.’
    flawlessness, excellence, superbness, sublimity, exquisiteness, magnificence, perfectness, faultlessness, impeccability, immaculateness, exemplariness
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    1. 1.1 A person or thing considered to be perfect.
      ‘I am told that she is perfection itself’
      • ‘The fruit and the sauce were nice, but the cheesecake was perfection.’
      • ‘In a world bombarded with images of perfection, these films tell the stories of those who were born visibly imperfect.’
      • ‘For me, mouse perfection would be cordless, with a comfortably ergonomic grip.’
      • ‘A home that has both period style and modern comforts - is it perfection?’
      • ‘The fire enhanced his features so that he looked like perfection carved from stone.’
      the ideal, a paragon, the ne plus ultra, the beau idéal, a nonpareil, the crème de la crème, the last word, the ultimate, a dream
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    2. 1.2 The action or process of improving something until it is faultless.
      ‘among the key tasks was the perfection of new mechanisms of economic management’
      improvement, betterment, refinement, refining, perfecting, polishing, amelioration
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  • to perfection

    • In a way that could not be better; perfectly.

      ‘a blue suit that showed off her blonde hair to perfection’
      • ‘There is certainly artistic satisfaction when a challenging sketch is done to perfection.’
      • ‘The meat was breaded and cooked to perfection, served with home-fries and carrots.’
      • ‘This was a delicious dish, not blackened so much as to give it a charred taste, but cooked to perfection.’
      • ‘The sardines, cooked to perfection in olive oil and lemon, were melt-in-the-mouth mesmeric.’
      • ‘The album is so perfect even the spaces between songs seem to be judged to perfection.’
      • ‘As usual, her blonde tresses were styled to perfection and not a hair was sticking out.’
      • ‘The portions are massive, and the emphasis is on traditional dishes cooked to perfection.’
      • ‘The batsman beautifully caresses the ball through extra cover, timing it to perfection.’
      • ‘The steaks are too good to turn down and are cooked to perfection.’
      • ‘She had a unique sense of style, always impeccably groomed and dressed to perfection on every occasion.’
      superbly, superlatively, excellently, flawlessly, faultlessly, to perfection, without fault, ideally, wonderfully, marvellously, magnificently, sublimely, admirably, inimitably, incomparably, impeccably, immaculately, exquisitely, consummately
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Middle English (in the sense ‘completeness’): via Old French from Latin perfectio(n-), from perficere ‘to complete’ (see perfect).