Definitions

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  • adj. perfect

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Perfect.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete or dialectal form of perfect.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • I'd resolved to keep mum, but suddenly the chance to play parfit gentil Flashy seemed sound policy.

    Watershed

  • Do not listen to it if you blow a gasket whenever somebody suggests that Obama is something less than the "parfit gentil knight".

    Another GOP Oil-Drilling Myth Is Born!

  • As long as I've been studying Old Geoff, I've been told that the parfit, gentil knyght was clearly "down on his luck."

    Archive 2006-09-01

  • After Miers took herself out of consideration he proposed Alioto, not quite the Hollywood handsome, “parfit knight” like Roberts, but a committed antiabortionist who STILL upheld the law and refuse to rewrite it.

    Think Progress » CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Calls Out Lynne Cheney For ‘Sniping At My Patriotism’

  • Stevenson, who is as unremittingly whitewashed here as Johnson is tarred, would not seem so much the "parfit gentil knight" if it were known, ahead of time, that he was friendly to the Dixiecrats.

    Monstre Désacré

  • _Het, _ an dwon't ye come anuost yer zister ta vessy wi 'er till you a got yer lessin moor parfit, or I'll gee zummet you on't ax me vor.

    The Dialect of the West of England; Particularly Somersetshire

  • Few of them, however, can hope to have their deeds commemorated by a "veray parfit, gentle knight" -- of the quill, not of the sword, albeit the letters which he writes after his name would once have indicated the possession of military rank and distinction.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 15, No. 85, January, 1875

  • Sidney, that "verray parfit gentil knight," scholar, soldier, and statesman, if the unanimous appraisement of the best of his contemporaries is worth anything, wrote his _Defence of Poesie_, he had not indeed broken free from the trammels of academic theory; but it is a very often acute and always charming piece of critical work in scholarly and graceful language.

    England under the Tudors

  • It was easy to meet them; they might be found in Prussia and in Spain, and our "verray parfit gentil knight" had massacred enormous numbers of them "at mortal batailles fiftene" for "our faith."

    A Literary History of the English People From the Origins to the Renaissance

  • "It is war's prize to take all vantages," that mercy has no place in war, that an act of mercy in war is more fatal than defeat, and that the parfit gentle knight, if he wish to prosper, must greet his father after battle with some such remark as --

    William Shakespeare

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