perfection

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Etymology

From Middle English perfeccioun, from Old French perfection, from Latin perfectiō. Displaced native Old English fulfremednes.

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /pɚˈfɛk.ʃən/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛkʃən

Noun

perfection (countable and uncountable, plural perfections)

  1. The quality or state of being perfect or complete, so that nothing substandard remains; the highest attainable state or degree of excellence
    We seek complete perfection.
    The system runs to perfection.
    to imitate a model to perfection
  2. A quality, endowment, or acquirement completely excellent; an ideal; faultlessness; especially, the divine attribute of complete excellence.

Quotations

  • 1784, William Jones, The Description and Use of a New Portable Orrery, &c., PREFACE
    THE favourable reception the Orrery has met with from Perſons of the firſt diſtinction, and from Gentlemen and Ladies in general, has induced me to add to it ſeveral new improvements in order to give it a degree of Perfection; and diſtinguiſh it from others ; which by Piracy, or Imitation, may be introduced to the Public.

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Verb

perfection (third-person singular simple present perfections, present participle perfectioning, simple past and past participle perfectioned)

  1. (now uncommon and nonstandard, transitive) To perfect.
    • 1762, Samuel Foote, The Orators:
      the perfectioning of our countrymen in a most essential article
    • 1770, William Woty, Mock Invocation to Genius[1]:
      Sooner I'd kneel unto the modern nine / Alike perfectioned, though a virgin's name / They cannot boast []
    • 2001 December 3, OLF, i.e. Olf Le Fol, “AHSM Storytellers, Profiles”, in alt.hentai.sailor-moon, Usenet[2]:
      The most vain of the Assistants, she knows she's beautiful and let it know to the world. Acts like an ojousama and spends most of her time perfectioning her make-up.

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French

Etymology

Learned borrowing from Latin perfectiō.

Pronunciation

Noun

perfection f (uncountable)

  1. perfection

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Middle French

Noun

perfection f (plural perfections)

  1. perfection