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Perfect, adj. (comp. “--er:” Cor. II, 1, 91. superl. “--est:” Sonn. 51, 10. Ado II, 1, 317. Mcb. I, 5, 2) 1) faultless, fully accomplished, not to be surpassed: “whose p. white,” Lucr. 394. “creating every bad a p. best,” Sonn. 114, 7. “so p. and so peerless,” Tp. III, 1, 47. Gent. IV, 2, 124. V, 4, 111. Mids. III, 2, 137. Wint. V, 1, 15. H8 V, 5, 38. Oth. V, 2, 145. Cymb. I, 6, 158. III, 3, 67.
2) complete, entire, unqualified: “forget to say the p. ceremony of love's rite,” Sonn. 23, 6. “desire, of --est love being made,” 51, 10. “his complexion is p. gallows,” Tp. I, 1, 32. “he cannot be a p. man, not being tried and tutored in the world,” Gent. I, 3, 20 (German: ein ganzer Mann). “her hair is auburn, mine is p. yellow,” IV, 4, 194. “silence is the --est herald of joy,” Ado II, 1, 317. “your p. yellow,” Mids. I, 2, 98 (Qq perfit). “so holy and so p. is my love,” As III, 5, 99; cf. Shr. IV, 3, 12; H6A V, 5, 50; R3 II, 1, 16; III, 7, 90. “I will return p. courtier,” All's I, 1, 219. “finds them p. Richard,” John I, 90. “law itself is p. wrong,” III, 1, 189. “the true and p. image of life,” H4A V, 4, 120. “three glorious suns, each one a p. sun,” H6C II, 1, 26. “can neither call it p. day nor night,” II, 5, 4. “to make the p. period of this peace,” R3 II, 1, 44. “the grief is fine, full, p., that I taste,” Troil. IV, 4, 3. which (health) “in his death were p.” Mcb. III, 1, 108. “is't not p. conscience, to quit him with this arm?” Hml. V, 2, 67. “let it look like p. honour,” Ant. I, 3, 80.
3) fully answering the purpose; a) right, correct: “thou hast a p. thought,” John V, 6, 6. “Richard might create a p. guess,” H4B III, 1, 88. “acquaint you with the p. spy o' the time,” Mcb. III, 1, 130 (see Spy).
b) sound, unimpaired: “he was not in his p. wits,” Err. V, 42. “I fear I am not in my p. mind,” Lr. IV, 7, 63.
c) full, ripe: “sons at p. age,” Lr. I, 2, 77.
d) having one's wish, satisfied, happy: “might we but have that happiness . . . we should think ourselves for ever p.” Tim. I, 2, 90. “I had else been p., whole as the marble,” Mcb. III, 4, 21.
e) well informed, well knowing: “thou art p. then, our ship hath touched upon the deserts of Bohemia?” Wint. III, 3, 1. “I have learned by the --est report,” Mcb. I, 5, 2. “I am p. that the Pannonians are now in arms,” Cymb. III, 1, 73. “what hast thou done? I am p. what,” IV, 2, 118 (I know full well, I am fully aware).
f) knowing what to do or to say, well prepared for what may happen: “when you have a business for yourself, pray heaven you then be p.” Meas. V, 82. “my parts, my title and my p. soul shall manifest me rightly,” Oth. I, 2, 31.
g) not deficient, acting up to one's part: “take pains, be p.” Mids. I, 2, 112. “I hope I was p.” LLL V, 2, 562. “thou art p.” H4A II, 4, 39. Hence == expert, skilled: “the lesson is but plain, and once made p., never lost again,” Ven. 408. “a --er giber for the table than a necessary bencher in the Capitol,” Cor. II, 1, 91. With in: “that pretty Welsh I am too p. in,” H4A III, 1, 203. “thou art p. in lying down,” H4A III, 1, 203 H4B IV, 1, 155. H5 III, 6, 73. Tit. III, 2, 40. Mcb. IV, 2, 66. Per. V, 1, 208.
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