Definition of perfection in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The state or quality of being perfect:

    ‘the satiny perfection of her skin’
    ‘his pursuit of golfing perfection’
    • ‘The thumb and index finger form a circle which represents the perfection of wisdom.’
    • ‘They can't expect perfection or permanence, and they must bow to universal usage.’
    • ‘Characters take turns bemoaning their frustrations or looking at the unattainable perfection of the stars.’
    • ‘The issue here is not technical perfection, or aspects of image quality.’
    • ‘It is not everyday that you are given the fortune of acquainting yourself with an quintessence of perfection like me.’
    • ‘I mean, I spent 30 years in the world of physical perfection, right?’
    • ‘His dancing isn't trendy, nor is it the pinnacle of technical perfection.’
    • ‘He hated mediocrity and always strived for perfection and excellence.’
    • ‘Fortunately, I have honed the whole smiling and nodding thing to near perfection.’
    • ‘Remember, this is a world-class hotel, and absolute perfection is expected of all its employees.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘You are greeted by yet another beautiful day, dazzling in its perfection.’
    • ‘Certainly, it is undemonstrative in its perfection; but that very perfection is a quality we should treasure.’
    • ‘In order that man devote himself totally to achieving spiritual perfection, many forms of labor will become obsolete.’
    • ‘Throughout this series, the power of the image is enhanced by its technical perfection and tonal richness.’
    • ‘Regardless, all this needs to attain perfection is a few minutes shaved off of the overall running time.’
    • ‘We must place our efforts into nearing perfection, not demanding it of others.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The decade she spent looking for the paragon of perfection would not go in vain.’
    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 fire enhanced his features so that he looked like perfection carved from stone.’
      • ‘The fruit and the sauce were nice, but the cheesecake was perfection.’
      • ‘A home that has both period style and modern comforts - is it 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.’
      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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Middle English (in the sense ‘completeness’): via Old French from Latin perfectio(n-), from perficere to complete (see perfect).