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Definition of "pluperfect" []

  • Of or being a verb tense used to express action completed before a specified or implied past time. (adjective)
  • More than perfect; supremely accomplished; ideal: "He has won a reputation as [a] pluperfect bureaucrat” ( New York Times). (adjective)
  • 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. (noun)
  • A verb or form in the pluperfect tense. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pluperfect" in a sentence
  • "Why in pluperfect hvell does he think we even have an economic meltdown?"
  • "The "I knew" at the beginning of this sentence is pluperfect, which is past time, completed aspect, and is literally "I had known," but that doesn't sound right in English."
  • "My cousin, who unfortunately has the curse of a state education to bear, recently asked what the pluperfect tense was."