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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


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.]


an archaic spelling of complete, used esp in the titles of handbooks, in imitation of The Compleat Angler by Izaak Walton



highly skilled; expert.
[1875–80; earlier sp. of complete, used in allusion to The Compleat Angler (1653), by Izaak Walton]
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To compleat such unparalelled Barbarity we were informed that an Execution in the House would shortly take place.
And take the COMPLEAT FORTUNE-TELLER to the outhouse," Joan continued, rapidly wiping her hands, and donning the garments.
The COMPLEAT FORTUNE-TELLER was an old thick volume, which lay on a table at her elbow, so worn by pocketing that the margins had reached the edge of the type.
He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy of the Head of a civilized nation.
By this friendly aid of Fear, Conscience obtained a compleat victory in the mind of Black George, and, after making him a few compliments on his honesty, forced him to deliver the money to Jones.
One day, while my husband was busily at work, I sat beside him reading an old cookery book called The Compleat Housewife: or Accomplish'd Gentlewoman's Companion.
Mean while our Primitive great Sire, to meet His god-like Guest, walks forth, without more train Accompani'd then with his own compleat Perfections, in himself was all his state, More solemn then the tedious pomp that waits On Princes, when thir rich Retinue long Of Horses led, and Grooms besmeard with Gold Dazles the croud, and sets them all agape.
THE Compleat Angler, a book written in 1653, is probably still one of the bestselling books - the Bible aside - even in this modern age.
It will include the original Borough Charter bestowed on Stafford by King John in 1206, coins from the original Stafford Mint and the 1st edition of the Compleat Angler.
Arriving at The Compleat Angler in Marlow, Bucks, we were asked three times if we'd made a reservation.
His choice, including Slaley Hall in Hexham, Studley Priory in Oxfordshire, Bath Spa in Bath and The Compleat Angler in Marlow, starts at pounds 65 per person for dinner, bed and breakfast.
The Compleat Angler by Izaak Walton will go under the hammer as part of a two-day book sale in New York.

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