- having all parts or members present.
- noting an action or state brought to a close prior to some temporal point of reference, in contrast to imperfect or incomplete action.
- designating a tense or other verb formation or construction with such meaning.
- applied to the consonances of unison, octave, and fifth, as distinguished from those of the third and sixth, which are called imperfect.
- applied to the intervals, harmonic or melodic, of an octave, fifth, and fourth in their normal form, as opposed to augmented and diminished.
verb (used with object)
Origin of perfect
Synonyms for perfect
Related Words for perfectnesssupremacy, evolution, virtue, integrity, accomplishment, precision, ideal, superiority, purity, excellence, quality, fulfillment, transcendence, consummation, crown, paragon, merit, ending, completion, maturity
Examples from the Web for perfectness
Contemporary Examples of perfectness
It takes Sharp four hours to get into character: “I take joy in the mathematical, symmetrical precision and perfectness of Bach.”The Brit Who Stormed Broadway
December 7, 2014
Historical Examples of perfectness
What is common to them all,that perfectness and harmony, is beauty.Nature
Ralph Waldo Emerson
But demuth signifies "a likeness," or "the perfectness of an image."Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II
And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.Sanctification
J. W. Byers
We then say that the classic does not satisfy us, and that the "Grecian cloys us with his perfectness."The Sense of Beauty
The tares must be taken away in order to the perfectness and usefulness of the wheat.Talks To Farmers
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
- (of flowers) having functional stamens and pistils
- (of plants) having all parts present
- of or relating to the intervals of the unison, fourth, fifth, and octave
- Also: full, final(of a cadence) ending on the tonic chord, giving a feeling of conclusionCompare imperfect (def. 6)
- the perfect tense
- a verb in this tense
verb (pəˈfɛkt) (tr)
Word Origin for perfect
early 15c. alteration of Middle English parfit (c.1300), from Old French parfit "finished, completed, ready" (11c.), from Latin perfectus "completed, excellent, accomplished, exquisite," past participle of perficere "accomplish, finish, complete," from per- "completely" (see per) + facere "to perform" (see factitious). Often used in English as an intensive (perfect stranger, etc.).
"to bring to full development," late 14c., parfiten, from perfect (adj.). Related: Perfected; perfecting.