Definition of perfection in English:



  • 1The condition, state, or quality of being free or as free as possible from all flaws or defects.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘His dancing isn't trendy, nor is it the pinnacle of technical perfection.’
    • ‘Remember, this is a world-class hotel, and absolute perfection is expected of all its employees.’
    • ‘It is not everyday that you are given the fortune of acquainting yourself with an quintessence of perfection like me.’
    • ‘He hated mediocrity and always strived for perfection and excellence.’
    • ‘The issue here is not technical perfection, or aspects of image quality.’
    • ‘Throughout this series, the power of the image is enhanced by its technical perfection and tonal richness.’
    • ‘Fortunately, I have honed the whole smiling and nodding thing to near perfection.’
    • ‘The decade she spent looking for the paragon of perfection would not go in vain.’
    • ‘Certainly, it is undemonstrative in its perfection; but that very perfection is a quality we should treasure.’
    • ‘They can't expect perfection or permanence, and they must bow to universal usage.’
    • ‘From the outset the plan for this website was to highlight all the forms of perfection this wonderful property offers.’
    • ‘We must place our efforts into nearing perfection, not demanding it of others.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Characters take turns bemoaning their frustrations or looking at the unattainable perfection of the stars.’
    • ‘Regardless, all this needs to attain perfection is a few minutes shaved off of the overall running time.’
    • ‘In order that man devote himself totally to achieving spiritual perfection, many forms of labor will become obsolete.’
    • ‘I mean, I spent 30 years in the world of physical perfection, right?’
    • ‘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?’
    flawlessness, excellence, superbness, sublimity, exquisiteness, magnificence, perfectness, faultlessness, impeccability, immaculateness, exemplariness
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    1. 1.1A person or thing perceived as the embodiment of perfection.
      ‘I am told that she is perfection itself’
      • ‘In a world bombarded with images of perfection, these films tell the stories of those who were born visibly imperfect.’
      • ‘A home that has both period style and modern comforts - is it perfection?’
      • ‘The fruit and the sauce were nice, but the cheesecake was perfection.’
      • ‘The fire enhanced his features so that he looked like perfection carved from stone.’
      • ‘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. 1.2The action or process of improving something until it is faultless or as faultless as possible.
      ‘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).