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[per-fek-shuh n] /pərˈfɛk ʃən/
the state or quality of being or becoming perfect.
the highest degree of proficiency, skill, or excellence, as in some art.
a perfect embodiment or example of something.
a quality, trait, or feature of the highest degree of excellence.
the highest or most nearly perfect degree of a quality or trait.
the act or fact of perfecting.
Origin of perfection
1175-1225; < Latin perfectiōn- (stem of perfectiō) a finishing (see perfect, -ion); replacing Middle English perfectiun, perfeccioun < Anglo-French < Latin, as above
Related forms
hyperperfection, noun
nonperfection, noun
superperfection, noun Unabridged
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  • Her costume had about it an indubitable air, a finality of perfection in its kind.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Unless it be to think that she is by And feed upon the shadow of perfection.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • At forty if a man chooses to assume the role of Orlando he does it to perfection.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • It gives grace, it is perfection, which has only need to show itself to conquer.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Stables and neat-houses were the perfection of cleanliness and airiness.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for perfection


the act of perfecting or the state or quality of being perfect
the highest degree of a quality, etc: the perfection of faithfulness
an embodiment of perfection
Word Origin
C13: from Latin perfectiō a completing, from perficere to finish
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Word Origin and History for perfection

early 13c., from Old French perfection "perfection, completeness" (12c.), from Latin perfectionem (nominative perfectio) "a finishing, compling, perfection," noun of action from past participle stem of perficere (see perfect (adj.)).

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