From Old French imperfeccion. See im- + perfection.
Coleridge, praising the genius in the book, blamed the metrical imperfection of it.
The more remote from God, the greater the degree of imperfection (i.e.
Here he analyses " abstract ideas," and instructively illustrates the confusion apt to be produced in them by the inevitable imperfection of words.
He had mastered his manner and, as one may say, learned his trade, in the exercise of criticism and the reflective parts of literature, before he surrendered himself to that powerful creative impulse which had long been tempting him, so that when, in mature life, he essayed the portraiture of invented character he came to it unhampered by any imperfection of language.
What requires explanation is not the imperfection of actual images so much as the possibility of their being as good as we find them.