- perfect with respect to a point of reference in past time, as had done in He had done it when I came.
- designating a tense or other verb formation or construction with such meaning, as Latin portāveram “I had carried.”
- more than perfect: He spoke the language with pluperfect precision.
- the pluperfect tense, or other verb formation or construction with such meaning.
- a form in the pluperfect.
Origin of pluperfect
1520–30; < Latin plū(s quam) perfectum (more than) perfect, translation of Greek hypersyntelikós
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Examples from the Web for pluperfect
Among rats the chieftain is, of necessity, pluperfect master of defence."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"
The rest as the pluperfect of gwîl, or of menny, to will, with the infinitive.A Handbook of the Cornish Language
So it was in this pluperfect esteem that Amory by and by came to bask, with Cosimo as her showman.Gray youth
The pluperfect (or past perfect) subjunctive refers to past time.An Advanced English Grammar with Exercises
George Lyman Kittredge
And where in the pluperfect hell do I dig up a precedent on that one?The Trial of Callista Blake
- grammar another term for past perfect
C16: from the Latin phrase plūs quam perfectum more than perfect
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Word Origin and History for pluperfect
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