v. t.1.To mar or destroy the perfection of.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
Beside him glided Caderousse, whose desire to partake of the good things provided for the wedding-party had induced him to become reconciled to the Dantes, father and son, although there still lingered in his mind a faint and unperfect recollection of the events of the preceding night; just as the brain retains on waking in the morning the dim and misty outline of a dream.
After he had faced the bitter fact that he was to leave the `Aeneid' unfinished, and had decreed that the great canvas, crowded with figures of gods and men, should be burned rather than survive him unperfected, then his mind must have gone back to the perfect utterance of the `Georgics,' where the pen was fitted to the matter as the plough is to the furrow; and he must have said to himself, with the thankfulness of a good man,
[I]n these discoveries of these new Heavens, and this new Earth, our Maps will bee unperfect. .
Blakemore Evans, (1) constitutes an eloquent comment on Shakespearean authorship but also on the traditional resistance to the view of Shakespeare as a self-conscious, literary author: As an unperfect actor on the stage, Who with his fear is put beside his part, Or some fierce thing replete with too much rage, Whose strength's abundance weakens his own heart; So I, for fear of trust, forget to say The perfect ceremony of love's rite, And in mine own love's strength seem to decay, O'ercharged with burthen of mine own love's might: O let my looks be then the eloquence And dumb presagers of my speaking breast, Who plead for love, and look for recompense, More than that tongue that more hath more expressed.
The reason is, because, like as when a man doth promise, that he will sell his Land, the Land is not thereby sold in deed, but promised to be sold afterwards; so whiles the Parties do promise only, that they will take, or will marry; they do not thereby presently take or marry: But deferring the accomplishment of that promise, until another time, the Knot in the mean time is not so surely tied, but that it may be loosed, whiles the matter is in suspense and unperfect. [52]
for John Field and Thomas Wilcox the authors of the Admonition to the Parliament in 1572, the Prayer Book was `an unperfect book, culled and picked out of that popish dunghill, the mass-book full of all abominations'.
Readers could find discussion of both kinds of monster in James Rueff's treatise The Expert Midwife, translated into English in 1637, whose chapter "Of Unperfect Children, Also of Monstrous Births" contains both a description of a terribly deformed, yet human child born in Oxford in 1551, and a description of a beast with a man's head, a beast's tail, and dogs, heads at its elbows and knees, followed by a description of a mythical creature with two wings and one foot.
"I cannot but much commend both for their affability and courtesie," he writes, "especially unto my selfe being at that time to them all a meere stranger, who when I read my (then unperfect) Papers, were as able to judge of them, as attentively to heare them" (64-65).
She also evinced an appropriate, feminine modesty that was paradoxically empowering: "I know that as for my part which I have wrought in it (as well spiritual as manual) there is nothing done as it should be nor else worthy to come in Your Grace's hands, but rather all unperfect." To the contrary, she had every reason to be proud of her apt translation, her even script, and her skillful needlework.
At the Ateneo de Manila University, another monologue gave birth to a star: Maia Dapul in 'Unperfect,' a devised performance piece directed by Jerry Respeto that culled existing songs from the likes of 'Next to Normal,' 'Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady' and 'Real-Life Fairytales.'
One minute you're listening to a guitar-fuelled thrasher (Unperfect Actor, based on Sonnet 23 and featuring Helena Bonham Carter on spoken word duties and sister Martha on vocal), the next you're enjoying some light opera.
One minute you're listening to a guitarfuelled thrasher (Unperfect Actor, based on Sonnet 23 and featuring Helena Bonham Carter on spoken word duties and sister Martha on vocal), the next you're enjoying some light opera.