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highly skilled and accomplished in all aspects: The compleat writer is adept in many genres.
Not to be confused with:
complete – finished, ended, concluded; having all parts or elements: a complete set of encyclopedias
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1. Of or characterized by a highly developed or wide-ranging skill or proficiency: "The compleat speechwriter ... comes to anonymity from Harvard Law" (Israel Shenker).
2. Being an outstanding example of a kind; quintessential: "Here was the compleat modern misfit: the very air appeared to poison him; his every step looked treacherous and hard won" (Stephen Schiff).
[Variant of complete.]
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an archaic spelling of complete, used esp in the titles of handbooks, in imitation of The Compleat Angler by Izaak Walton
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
highly skilled; expert.
[1875–80; earlier sp. of complete, used in allusion to The Compleat Angler (1653), by Izaak Walton]
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