noun Etymology: Middle English perfeccioun, from Anglo-French perfection, from Latin perfection-, perfectio, from perficere Date: 13th century 1. the quality or state of being perfect: as a. freedom from fault or defect ; flawlessness b. maturity c. the quality or state of being saintly 2. a. an exemplification of supreme excellence b. an unsurpassable degree of accuracy or excellence 3. the act or process of perfecting

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  • perfection — [pər fek′shən] n. [ME perfeccioun < OFr < L perfectio] 1. the act or process of perfecting 2. the quality or condition of being perfect; extreme degree of excellence according to a given standard 3. a person or thing that is the perfect… …   English World dictionary

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  • perfection — virtue, merit, *excellence Antonyms: failing …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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