1(of a tense) denoting an action completed prior to some past point of time specified or implied, formed in English by had and the past participle, as in he had gone by then; past perfect.
- ‘The extent to which this grammatical form suggests a pluperfect is disputed among Hebrew grammarians.’
- ‘He's going to start understanding plurals and possessives and abstract notions of time and space, and before you know it he'll be speaking in the pluperfect subjunctive.’
- ‘The driver replies, ‘I've heard that question a thousand time, but never in the pluperfect subjunctive.’’
- ‘And the driver says, ‘I've never heard anyone use the pluperfect participle before!’’
- 1.1More than perfect.‘they have one pluperfect daughter and are expecting an ideal little brother for her’
- ‘All three casts, most of them making their debuts in the ballet, had their virtues, although none quite caught the pluperfect Danish style once personified by Erik Bruhn himself.’
- ‘He is a perfect representative of the Democratic Party and a pluperfect speaker for a Democratic fundraiser.’
The past perfect tense.
Late 15th century: from modern Latin plusperfectum, from Latin (tempus praeteritum) plus quam perfectum (past tense) more than perfect.