- The quality or state of being perfect or complete, so that nothing requisite is lacking; entire development; consummate culture, skill, or moral excellence; the highest attainable state or degree of excellence; maturity; as, perfection in an art, in a science, or in a system; perfection in form or degree; fruits in perfection.
- A quality, endowment, or acquirement completely excellent; an ideal; faultlessness; especially, the divine attribute of complete excellence.
- What tongue can her perfections tell? -Sir P. Sidney
- The highest degree of excellence.
- to imitate a model to perfection
- 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.
- (obsolete, transitive) To perfect.
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- William Woty
- Sooner I'd kneel unto the modern nine / Alike perfectioned, though a virgin's name / They cannot boast […]
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
perfection f (uncountable)
- “perfection” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
perfection f (plural perfections)