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perfection

Syllabification: per·fec·tion
Pronunciation: /pərˈfekSH(ə)n
 
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Definition of perfection in English:

noun

1The condition, state, or quality of being free or as free as possible from all flaws or defects: the satiny perfection of her skin his pursuit of golfing perfection
More example sentences
  • He hated mediocrity and always strived for perfection and excellence.
  • Certainly, it is undemonstrative in its perfection; but that very perfection is a quality we should treasure.
  • Is it the pursuit of perfection, a realisation of pragmatism, the search for the divine or perhaps baser instincts which drive us into wanting someone?
1.1A person or thing perceived as the embodiment of perfection: I am told that she is perfection itself
More example sentences
  • A home that has both period style and modern comforts - is it perfection?
  • The fruit and the sauce were nice, but the cheesecake was perfection.
  • For me, mouse perfection would be cordless, with a comfortably ergonomic grip.
Synonyms
the ideal, a paragon, the ne plus ultra, a nonpareil, the crème de la crème, the last word, the ultimate, the best
informal one in a million, the tops, da bomb
dated, informal the bee's knees, the cat's meow/pajamas/whiskers
1.2The action or process of improving something until it is faultless or as faultless as possible: among the key tasks was the perfection of new mechanisms of economic management
Synonyms
improvement, betterment, refinement, refining, honing

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'completeness'): via Old French from Latin perfectio(n-), from perficere 'to complete' (see perfect).

Phrases

to perfection

1
In a manner or way that could not be better; perfectly: a blue suit that showed off her blonde hair to perfection
More example sentences
  • The portions are massive, and the emphasis is on traditional dishes cooked to perfection.
  • As usual, her blonde tresses were styled to perfection and not a hair was sticking out.
  • The sardines, cooked to perfection in olive oil and lemon, were melt-in-the-mouth mesmeric.

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