Definition of perfection in US 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’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Throughout this series, the power of the image is enhanced by its technical perfection and tonal richness.’
    • ‘He hated mediocrity and always strived for perfection and excellence.’
    • ‘In today's society, the goal of obtaining physical perfection is quite common.’
    • ‘His dancing isn't trendy, nor is it the pinnacle of technical perfection.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Regardless, all this needs to attain perfection is a few minutes shaved off of the overall running time.’
    • ‘It is not everyday that you are given the fortune of acquainting yourself with an quintessence of perfection like me.’
    • ‘Fortunately, I have honed the whole smiling and nodding thing to near perfection.’
    • ‘You are greeted by yet another beautiful day, dazzling in its perfection.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘The decade she spent looking for the paragon of perfection would not go in vain.’
    • ‘In order that man devote himself totally to achieving spiritual perfection, many forms of labor will become obsolete.’
    • ‘Certainly, it is undemonstrative in its perfection; but that very perfection is a quality we should treasure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They can't expect perfection or permanence, and they must bow to universal usage.’
    • ‘The issue here is not technical perfection, or aspects of image quality.’
    flawlessness, excellence, superbness, sublimity, exquisiteness, magnificence, perfectness, faultlessness, impeccability, immaculateness, exemplariness
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    1. 1.1 A person or thing perceived as the embodiment of perfection.
      ‘I am told that she is perfection itself’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In a world bombarded with images of perfection, these films tell the stories of those who were born visibly imperfect.’
      • ‘The fruit and the sauce were nice, but the cheesecake was perfection.’
      • ‘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 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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  • to perfection

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

      ‘a blue suit that showed off her blonde hair to perfection’
      • ‘She had a unique sense of style, always impeccably groomed and dressed to perfection on every occasion.’
      • ‘This was a delicious dish, not blackened so much as to give it a charred taste, but cooked to perfection.’
      • ‘The meat was breaded and cooked to perfection, served with home-fries and carrots.’
      • ‘The sardines, cooked to perfection in olive oil and lemon, were melt-in-the-mouth mesmeric.’
      • ‘The portions are massive, and the emphasis is on traditional dishes cooked to perfection.’
      • ‘The steaks are too good to turn down and are cooked to perfection.’
      • ‘There is certainly artistic satisfaction when a challenging sketch is done to perfection.’
      • ‘As usual, her blonde tresses were styled to perfection and not a hair was sticking out.’
      • ‘The batsman beautifully caresses the ball through extra cover, timing it to perfection.’
      • ‘The album is so perfect even the spaces between songs seem to be judged to perfection.’
      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).