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Definition perfect and complete in every respect; or having a quality to an extreme degree

Consummate has a specific meaning with regard to completing the process of marrying. The marriage is said to be consummated after the couple has sexual relations.
  • She is the consummate professional who never lets her personal life intrude on her responsibilities at the office.
consummate = to an extreme degree
  • They were too drunk to consummate a marriage and subsequently asked that it be annulled.
  • Then there's the fact that Snow made no escape attempt, when I know him to be the consummate survivor.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • consummate = perfect and complete in every respect
  • Over the next few weeks, I became the consummate soldier,
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • consummate = perfect and complete in every respect
  • On the other hand, it might make of him a consummate bore.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • consummate = having a quality to an extreme degree
  • I find thou hast the most consummate effrontery to dare to mention so presumptuous a design!
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • consummate = complete or utter (having a quality to an extreme degree)
  • Even Butler, the consummate professional, was beginning to dread the long nights of damp and insect bites.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • consummate = having a quality to an extreme degree
  • He is a consummate gentleman and the finest chef we've ever had at Rowan!
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • consummate = perfect (having a quality to an extreme degree)
  • The mayor was a careerist, a consummate professional, and he knew how the game should be run against an ethnic challenger:
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • consummate = having a quality to an extreme degree
  • Now we come for something of consummate importance and...
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • consummate = having a quality to an extreme degree
  • He was the consummate handyman, a veritable knight in shining armor when puddles formed beneath kitchen sinks or when garbage disposals went on the blink.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • consummate = perfect
  • When he got to be old enough to begin to toddle about and say broken words and get an idea of what his hands were for, he was a more consummate pest than ever.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd'nhead Wilson
  • consummate = having a quality to an extreme degree
  • It was this unfathomable longing of the soul to ... to do wrong for the wrong's sake only—that urged me to continue and finally to consummate the injury I had inflicted upon the unoffending brute.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • consummate = complete in every respect
  • He was performing now what is called a Schreierei—a consummate exhibition of passionate shouting—warning the crowd to be watchful, to be vigilant, to seek out and destroy the evil machinations plotting to infect the motherland with its deplorable ways.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • consummate = perfect and complete in every respect; or having a quality to an extreme degree
  • a consummate fool
  • a consummate performance
  • consummate happiness
  • a consummate artist
  • consummate skill
  • Should he impose his galleys on those two dazzling children, or should he consummate his irremediable engulfment by himself?
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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