Definition of perfection noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəˈfekʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈfekʃn//
    [uncountable, singular]
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  1. 1the state of being perfect physical perfection The fish was cooked to perfection. The novel achieves a perfection of form that is quite new. His performance was perfection (= something perfect).
  2. 2the act of making something perfect by doing the final improvements They have been working on the perfection of the new model.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘completeness’): via Old French from Latin perfectio(n-), from perficere ‘to complete’, from per- ‘through, completely’ + facere ‘do’.Extra examples He brought the art of photography to the highest point of perfection. She sometimes stayed up painting all night in her pursuit of perfection. She strives for perfection in everything. The building became the model of perfection that architects sought to emulate. The cooking was close to perfection. The dress fitted to perfection. a dance troupe whose work approaches perfection a sequence of developmental stages towards the perfection of his violin technique The fish was cooked to perfection. We were encouraged to strive for perfection.Idioms
    a counsel of perfection
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    (formal) advice that is good but that is difficult or impossible to follow
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