- the act or process of perfecting
- the quality or condition of being perfect; extreme degree of excellence according to a given standard
- a person or thing that is the perfect embodiment of some quality
Origin of perfectionMiddle English perfeccioun from Old French from Classical Latin perfectio
- The quality or condition of being perfect.
- The act or process of perfecting: Perfection of the invention took years.
- A person or thing considered to be perfect.
- An instance of excellence.
- 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.
- A quality, endowment, or acquirement completely excellent; an ideal; faultlessness; especially, the divine attribute of complete excellence.
- What tongue can her perfections tell? -Sir P. Sidney
- The highest degree of excellence.
- to imitate a model to perfection
(third-person singular simple present perfections, present participle perfectioning, simple past and past participle perfectioned)
- (obsolete) To perfect.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
From Old French perfection, from Latin perfectio