- Gram. designating or of the past perfect tense in any of certain languages corresponding to the past perfect in English
- exceptionally perfect: sometimes used as an intensive
Origin of pluperfectLate Latin plusquamperfectus from Classical Latin plus quam perfectum, literally , more than perfect
- the past perfect tense
- a verb form in this tense
- Of or being a verb tense used to express action completed before a specified or implied past time.
- More than perfect; supremely accomplished; ideal: “He has won a reputation as [a] pluperfect bureaucrat” ( New York Times )
- The pluperfect tense, formed in English with the past participle of a verb and the auxiliary had, as had learned in the sentence He had learned to type by the end of the semester. Also called past perfect .
- A verb or form in the pluperfect tense.
Origin of pluperfectMiddle English pluperfyth alteration of Latin plūs quam perfectum more than perfect plūs more ; see pelə-1 in Indo-European roots. quam than perfectum neuter past participle of perficere to complete ; see perfect .
- In many languages this is implemented using a participle and an auxiliary verb in a past tense
- The pluperfect tense
- A verb in this tense