[ per-fek-shuhn ]
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  1. the state or quality of being or becoming perfect.

  2. the highest degree of proficiency, skill, or excellence, as in some art.

  1. a perfect embodiment or example of something.

  2. a quality, trait, or feature of the highest degree of excellence.

  3. the highest or most nearly perfect degree of a quality or trait.

  4. 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

Other words from perfection

  • hy·per·per·fec·tion, noun
  • non·per·fec·tion, noun
  • su·per·per·fec·tion, noun

Words Nearby perfection Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use perfection in a sentence

  • It was not an exalted niche to fill in life, but at least she had learned to fill it to perfection, and her ambitions were modest.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • I did not find the Aristocracy so remarkable for physical perfection and beauty as I had been taught to expect.

    Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
  • In a population of angels a socialistic commonwealth would work to perfection.

  • The task of deceiving the Austrians was performed to perfection by Murat with the reserve cavalry and Lannes's corps.

    Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
  • The reader may judge of the perfection of mechanism in this plain-looking engine from the fact that a pole, with 150 lbs.

British Dictionary definitions for perfection


/ (pəˈfɛkʃən) /

  1. the act of perfecting or the state or quality of being perfect

  2. the highest degree of a quality, etc: the perfection of faithfulness

  1. an embodiment of perfection

Origin of perfection

C13: from Latin perfectiō a completing, from perficere to finish

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