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[per-fek-shuh n] /pərˈfɛk ʃən/
the state or quality of being or becoming perfect.
the highest degree of proficiency, skill, or excellence, as in some art.
a perfect embodiment or example of something.
a quality, trait, or feature of the highest degree of excellence.
the highest or most nearly perfect degree of a quality or trait.
the act or fact of perfecting.
Origin of perfection
1175-1225; < Latin perfectiōn- (stem of perfectiō) a finishing (see perfect, -ion); replacing Middle English perfectiun, perfeccioun < Anglo-French < Latin, as above
Related forms
hyperperfection, noun
nonperfection, noun
superperfection, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for perfection
  • The search for perfection began with a magnet on the refrigerator.
  • Finally he decides he has finished his painting and that it rivals nature in its perfection.
  • Captures the intricacy of nests and the aesthetic perfection of eggs, luminously photographed in natural light.
  • When it comes to diamonds in jewelry, perfection is everything.
  • Their dramatic flower heads have the same tough perfection.
  • Indeed, little stands between us and a society stratified by chromosomal perfection.
  • The making of fire-proof and burglarproof safes has been brought, of late years, to great perfection.
  • In anorexics, striving for perfection and conscientiousness are common non-pathological traits.
  • Elite climbers are disciplined athletes who train constantly, repeating movements to perfection.
  • perfection in a cookie is a matter of individual preference.
British Dictionary definitions for perfection


the act of perfecting or the state or quality of being perfect
the highest degree of a quality, etc: the perfection of faithfulness
an embodiment of perfection
Word Origin
C13: from Latin perfectiō a completing, from perficere to finish
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Word Origin and History for perfection

early 13c., from Old French perfection "perfection, completeness" (12c.), from Latin perfectionem (nominative perfectio) "a finishing, compling, perfection," noun of action from past participle stem of perficere (see perfect (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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perfection in the Bible
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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