pluperfect

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plu·per·fect

 (plo͞o-pûr′fĭkt)
adj.
1. Of or being a verb tense used to express action completed before a specified or implied past time.
2. More than perfect; supremely accomplished; ideal: "He has won a reputation as [a] pluperfect bureaucrat" (New York Times).
n.
1. The pluperfect tense, formed in English with the past participle of a verb and the auxiliary had, as had learned in the sentence He had learned to type by the end of the semester. Also called past perfect.
2. A verb or form in the pluperfect tense.

[Middle English pluperfyth, alteration of Latin plūs quam perfectum, more than perfect : plūs, more; see pelə- in Indo-European roots + quam, than + perfectum, neuter past participle of perficere, to complete; see perfect.]

pluperfect

(pluːˈpɜːfɪkt)
adj, n
(Grammar) grammar another term for past perfect
[C16: from the Latin phrase plūs quam perfectum more than perfect]

plu•per•fect

(pluˈpɜr fɪkt)
adj.
2. more than perfect: speaking with pluperfect precision.
n.
[1520–30; < Latin plū(s quam)perfectum (more than) perfect, translation of Greek hypersyntelikós]

pluperfect

Used to describe a verb form that expresses an action, that has been completed before the time of speaking, as in “We had walked.”
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pluperfect - a perfective tense used to express action completed in the past; "`I had finished' is an example of the past perfect"
perfect, perfect tense, perfective, perfective tense - a tense of verbs used in describing action that has been completed (sometimes regarded as perfective aspect)
Adj.1.pluperfect - more than perfect; "he spoke with pluperfect precision"
perfect - being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish; "a perfect circle"; "a perfect reproduction"; "perfect happiness"; "perfect manners"; "a perfect specimen"; "a perfect day"
Translations
pluskvamperfekti
pretérito mais-que-perfeito

pluperfect

[ˈpluːˈpɜːfɪkt] N (Ling) → pluscuamperfecto m

pluperfect

[ˌpluːˈpɜːrfɪkt] nplus-que-parfait m
the pluperfect → le plus-que-parfait

pluperfect

adjin der Vorvergangenheit, im Plusquamperfekt; pluperfect tenseVorvergangenheit f, → Plusquamperfekt nt

pluperfect

[ˌpluːˈpɜːfɪkt] n (Gram) → piuccheperfetto
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