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consummate Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb fulfill sexually
    • consummate a marriage
  2. verb make perfect; bring to perfection
  3. adjective satellite having or revealing supreme mastery or skill
    masterful; virtuoso; masterly.
    • a consummate artist
    • consummate skill
    • a masterful speaker
    • masterful technique
    • a masterly performance of the sonata
    • a virtuoso performance
  4. adjective satellite perfect and complete in every respect; having all necessary qualities
    • a complete gentleman
    • consummate happiness
    • a consummate performance
  5. adjective satellite without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
    perfect; double-dyed; complete; gross; arrant; unadulterated; sodding; stark; pure; utter; thoroughgoing; everlasting; staring.
    • an arrant fool
    • a complete coward
    • a consummate fool
    • a double-dyed villain
    • gross negligence
    • a perfect idiot
    • pure folly
    • what a sodding mess
    • stark staring mad
    • a thoroughgoing villain
    • utter nonsense
    • the unadulterated truth

Con*sum"mate adjective
L. consummatus, p.p. or consummare to accomplish, sum up; con- + summa sum. See Sum.
  1. Carried to the utmost extent or degree; of the highest quality; complete; perfect. "A man of perfect and consummate virtue." Addison.
    The little band held the post with consummate tenacity. Motley
Con"sum*mate transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Consummated present participle & verbal noun Consummating
  1. To bring to completion; to raise to the highest point or degree; to complete; to finish; to perfect; to achieve.
    To consummate this business happily. Shak.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

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