perfection


perfection
I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Flawlessness
Nouns
1. perfection, perfectness, indefectibility; impeccancy, impeccability, faultlessness, excellence. See goodness, completion, improvement.
2. paragon; [beau] ideal, paradigm; nonpareil; pink or acme of perfection; ne plus ultra; summit, model, standard, pattern, mirror; masterpiece; transcendence, transcendency, superiority; quintessence; a whole team and the dog under the wagon.
3. perfectionist, idealist.
Verbs
1. be perfect, transcend; bring to perfection, perfect, ripen, mature, consummate, complete, culminate.
2. perfect (see improvement, completion).
Adjectives — perfect, faultless; indefective, indeficient, indefectible; immaculate, spotless, impeccable; unblemished, sound, scatheless, unscathed, intact; right as rain; consummate, finished, best, model, standard, state-of-the-art; inimitable, unparalleled, nonpareil; superhuman, divine, fit for the gods; sans peur et sans reproche.
Adverbs — to perfection, to a fare-thee-well; perfectly, etc.; to a T, to a turn, to the letter.
Phrases — trifles make perfection, but perfection is no trifle; practice makes perfect.
Quotations — Faultless to a fault (Robert Browning), Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem, in my opinion, to characterize our age (Albert Einstein), What is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days (James Russell Lowell), The seasons... are authentic; there is no mistake about them, they are what a symphony ought to be: four perfect movements in intimate harmony with one another (Artur Rubinstein), Nothing quite new is perfect (Cicero).
Antonyms, see imperfection.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [The act of perfecting]
Syn. completion, fulfillment, finishing, consummation, ending, realization, touching up; see also achievement 2 .
Ant. ruin*, destruction*, neglect*.
2. [The state of being complete]
Syn. ripeness, completeness, completion; see end 2 , maturity 3 , result .
3. [A high degree of excellence]
Syn. consummation, supremacy, impeccability, crown, ideal, paragon, phoenix, faultlessness.
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. flawlessness excellence, ne plus ultra, precision, idealism, faultlessness, highest form, exacting standard.
2. development achievement, accomplishment, consummation, completion, realization, fulfillment, honing, maturing.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun A special feature or quality that confers superiority: beauty, distinction, excellence, merit, virtue. See GOOD.

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