pluperfect(redirected from pluperfects)
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Related to pluperfects: past perfect tense
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).
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.
(Grammar) grammar another term for past perfect
[C16: from the Latin phrase plūs quam perfectum more than perfect]
2. more than perfect: speaking with pluperfect precision.n.
[1520–30; < Latin plū(s quam)perfectum (more than) perfect, translation of Greek hypersyntelikós]
Used to describe a verb form that expresses an action, that has been completed before the time of speaking, as in “We had walked.”
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|Noun||1.||pluperfect - a perfective tense used to express action completed in the past; "`I had finished' is an example of the past perfect"|
|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"