Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of being perfect.
  • n. The act or process of perfecting: Perfection of the invention took years.
  • n. A person or thing considered to be perfect.
  • n. An instance of excellence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality or state of being perfect or complete, so that nothing requisite is wanting; 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.
  • n. A quality, endowment, or acquirement completely excellent; an ideal; faultlessness; especially, the divine attribute of complete excellence.
  • n. To perfection, in the highest degree of excellence; perfectly; as, to imitate a model to perfection.
  • v. To perfect.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being perfect or complete, so that nothing requisite is wanting; entire development; consummate culture, skill, or moral excellence; the highest attainable state or degree of excellence; maturity
  • n. A quality, endowment, or acquirement completely excellent; an ideal faultlessness; especially, the divine attribute of complete excellence.
  • transitive v. To perfect.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Performance; accomplishment.
  • n. The state of being perfect, as in material, form, design, composition, construction, operation, action, qualification, etc.; that degree of excellence which leaves nothing to be desired, or in which nothing requisite is wanting; entire freedom from defect, blemish, weakness, or liability to err or fail; supreme excellence, whether moral or material; completeness or thoroughness: as, perfection in an art; fruits in perfection; the perfection of beauty: often used concretely: as, she is perfection.
  • n. A quality, trait, feature, endowment, or acquirement that is characterized by excellence or is of great worth or value; excellency.
  • n. The extreme; the highest degree; consummation: as, the perfection of cruelty.
  • n. In medieval music, triple rhythm or measure. See measure
  • n. With the highest degree of excellence or success: as, he acted the part to perfection.
  • n. Synonyms Perfectness, completion, consummation.
  • To complete; make perfect.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of making something perfect
  • n. an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept
  • n. the state of being without a flaw or defect

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Examples

  • _The desire of happiness, ample and complete, beyond what this world can afford, is not planted in man by defect of his nature, but by the perfection of his nature, and in view of his further perfection_.

    Moral Philosophy

  • Culture is then properly described not as having its origin in curiosity, but as having its origin in the love of perfection; it is a _study of perfection_.

    Matthew Arnold

  • III. vi.100 (342,9) Is your perfection] Your _perfection_, is _the highest of your excellence_.

    Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies

  • For our purposes, however, the failure to attain perfection is not so important as the fact that the ideal exists and persists.

    Mobilizing our Ideas and Ideals

  • In the same way the drama Den fuldendtes hustru (1907) [The Wife of the Perfect One], which deals with the purifications that Buddha's wife must undergo to attain perfection, is a masterpiece.

    The Nobel Prize in Literature 1917 - Presentation

  • In stating the ontological argument the term perfection has been expressly emphasized, because it may be taken to embrace both truth and goodness.

    The Approach to Philosophy

  • Camazotz has indeed achieved what one character describes as “consistent perfection,” but the price of this perfection is a totalitarian nightmare, and only the misfit who accepts personal responsibility for her actions can defeat the evil that threatens to engulf her family.

    Simple Tricks and Nonsense: March 2004 Archives

  • Few people at your age have read, seen, and known, so much as you have; and consequently few are so near as yourself to what I call perfection, by which I only, mean being very near as well as the best.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • To have to go out and execute to perfection is tough.

    USATODAY.com

  • The other girl, Jennifer, Gemma pegged as carrying what she called the perfection gene.

    All Shall Be Well

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