consummate


consummate
consummate adj Consummate, finished, accomplished are comparable when meaning brought to completion or perfection. Their distinctions lie chiefly in the degree of perfection, in the means by which this perfection is attained, and, at times, in their application; consummate and finished apply to persons or to things; accomplished, as a rule, to persons only.
Something is consummate which attains the highest possible point or degree of perfection or which possesses the highest possible qualities, whether natural or acquired
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consummate skill

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consummate happiness

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a consummate hypocrite

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the little band held the post with consummate tenacity— Motley

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a man of perfect and consummate virtue— Addison

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Pope . . . is . . . one of the most consummate craftsmen who ever dealt in words— Lowes

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Something which is finished (see also finish at CLOSE vb 2/) manifests such care and exquisiteness in performance or workmanship that nothing additional is required to perfect it or to increase its technical excellence
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a finished gentleman is always courteous

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finished actors usually give finished per- formances

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he's the most finished blackmailer in America— Donn Byrne

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written with the finished workmanship which always delights us— Edward SackvilleWest

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One is accomplished who is distinguished for his skill, his versatility, and his finesse; the word often suggests mastery in whatever is attempted
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an accomplished musician

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an accomplished villain

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they ... are more accomplished and ingenious in this sort of rationalizing than Arnold was— T. S. Eliot

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Accomplished sometimes implies merely the acquirement of social arts and graces or accomplishments
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accomplished young ladies

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Analogous words: *perfect, whole, entire, intact: complete, *full: flawless, *impeccable, faultless: *supreme, superlative, transcendent, peerless, surpassing
Antonyms: crude
Contrasted words: rough, *rude, callow, green, raw, uncouth: primitive, primeval (see PRIMARY): defective, *deficient

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  • consummate — I verb accomplish, achieve, actualize, attain, attain the goal, bring to a close, bring to effect, carry into effect, carry out, carry through, carry to completion, complete, conclude, conficere, consummare, do thoroughly, effect, effectuate, end …   Law dictionary

  • Consummate — Con*sum mate (k[o^]n*s[u^]m m[asl]t), a. [L. consummatus, p. p. or consummare to accomplish, sum up; con + summa sum. See {Sum}.] Carried to the utmost extent or degree; of the highest quality; complete; perfect. A man of perfect and consummate… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • consummate — [kän′sə mit, kən sum′it; ] for v. [ kän′sə māt΄] adj. [L consummatus, pp. of consummare, to sum up, finish < com , together + summa,SUM] 1. complete or perfect in every way; supreme [consummate happiness] 2. very skillful; highly expert [a… …   English World dictionary

  • Consummate — Con sum*mate (k[o^]n s[u^]m*m[=a]t or k[o^]n*s[u^]m m[=a]t; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Consummated} (k[o^]n s[u^]m*m[=a] t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Consummating} (k[o^]n s[u^]m*m[=a] t[i^]ng).] To bring to completion; to raise to the highest point …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • consummate — [adj] ultimate, best able, absolute, accomplished, complete, conspicuous, downright, faultless, finished, flawless, gifted, ideal, impeccable, inimitable, matchless, out and out*, peerless, perfect, perfected, polished, positive, practiced, ripe …   New thesaurus

  • consummate — is pronounced kon syuh mayt, with the stress on the first syllable, as a verb and kǝn sum ǝt, with the stress on the second syllable as an adjective (meaning ‘complete, perfect’) …   Modern English usage

  • consummate — ► VERB 1) make (a marriage or relationship) complete by having sexual intercourse. 2) complete (a transaction). ► ADJECTIVE ▪ showing great skill and flair. DERIVATIVES consummately adverb consummation noun consummator noun …   English terms dictionary

  • consummate — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English consummat fulfilled, from Latin consummatus, past participle of consummare to sum up, finish, from com + summa sum Date: 1527 1. complete in every detail ; perfect 2. extremely skilled and accomplished < a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • consummate — con|sum|mate1 [kənˈsʌmıt, ˈkɔsəmıt US ˈkansəmıt] adj [only before noun] formal [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of consummare to sum up, finish , from com ( COM ) + summa sum ] 1.) showing a lot of skill ▪ a great performance… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • consummate — consummates, consummating, consummated (The adjective is pronounced [[t]kɒ̱nsʌmət[/t]]. The verb is pronounced [[t]kɒ̱nsəmeɪt[/t]].) 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n You use consummate to describe someone who is extremely skilful. [FORMAL] He acted the… …   English dictionary


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