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pluperfect

[ploo-pur-fikt] /pluˈpɜr fɪkt/
adjective
1.
Grammar.
  1. perfect with respect to a point of reference in past time, as had done in He had done it when I came.
  2. designating a tense or other verb formation or construction with such meaning, as Latin portāveram “I had carried.”.
2.
more than perfect:
He spoke the language with pluperfect precision.
noun, Grammar
3.
  1. the pluperfect tense, or other verb formation or construction with such meaning.
  2. a form in the pluperfect.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin plū(s quam) perfectum (more than) perfect, translation of Greek hypersyntelikós
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Examples for pluperfect
  • Three grammatical aspects are distinguishable neutral, perfect and pluperfect.
British Dictionary definitions for pluperfect

pluperfect

/pluːˈpɜːfɪkt/
adjective, noun
1.
(grammar) another term for past perfect
Word Origin
C16: from the Latin phrase plūs quam perfectum more than perfect
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Word Origin and History for pluperfect
adj.

1520s, shortened from Latin (tempus praeteritum) plus (quam) perfectum "(past tense) more (than) perfect." Translates Greek khronos hypersyntelikos. See plus and perfect.

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