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- adj. Obsolete form of perfect.
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- adj. Perfect.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Old forms of perfect.
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Now commeth that which is called perfit age, in the which men haue no other thoughts, but to purchase themselues wisedome and rest.
Maister Alexander Galloway Person, of Kynkèll, was with us in thir Illis (the Hebridæ), and be adventure liftet up ane see tangle, hyng and full of mussil schellis, "one of which he opened," bot than he was mair astonist than afore, for he saw na fische in it bot ane perfit schapin foule.
Another of their pretie inuentions was to make a verse of such wordes as by their nature and manner of construction and situation might be turned backward word by word, and make another perfit verse, but of quite contrary sence as the gibing Monke that wrote of Pope _Alexander_ these two verses.
Wherefore beginning first at the smallest alterations which rest in letters and sillables, the first sort of our figures _auricular_ we do appoint to single words as they lye in language; the second to clauses of speach; the third to perfit sentences and to the whole masse or body of the tale be it poeme or historie written or reported.
But if it be to mo clauses then one, that some such word be supplied to perfit the congruitie or sence of them all, it is by the figure [_Zeugma_] we call him the [_single supplie_] because by one word we serue many clauses of one congruitie, and may be likened to the man that serues many maisters at once, but all of one country or kindred: as to say
Ye haue another maner of speach drawen out at length and going all after one tenure and with an imperfit sence till you come to the last word or verse which concludes the whole premisses with a perfit sence & full periode, the Greeks call it [_Irmus_,] I call him the [_long loose_] thus appearing in a dittie of Sir _Thomas Wyat_ where he describes the diuers distempers of his bed.
And yet I am not ignorant that there be artes and methods both to speake and to perswade and also to dispute, and by which the naturall is in some sorte relieued, as th'eye by his spectacle, I say relieued in his imperfection, but not made more perfit then the naturall, in which respect
And by these few shal ye be able to gather a number more to confirme and establish your iudgement by a perfit discretion.
But here I wyll staye, leste whilest I goe about to extolle your fames, I doe (for want of perfit skill in due prayse) seeme to diminishe that whiche among all men by commune proofe is sufficientlye renowmed.
Messias promised, whome we confesse and acknawledge Emmanuel, very God and very man, two perfit natures united, and joyned in one persoun.