[per-fek-shuh n]


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 formshy·per·per·fec·tion, nounnon·per·fec·tion, nounsu·per·per·fec·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of perfection

Historical Examples of perfection

  • 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.

  • At forty if a man chooses to assume the role of Orlando he does it to perfection.


    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, etcthe perfection of faithfulness
an embodiment of perfection

Word Origin for perfection

C13: from Latin perfectiō a completing, from perficere to finish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper