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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of consummare 'to sum up, finish', from com- ( COM-) + summa 'sum'


1 adjective
con‧sum‧mate1 [only before noun] formal
1 showing a lot of skill:
a great performance from a consummate actor
He won the race with consummate ease (=very easily).
De Gaulle conducted his strategy with consummate skill.
2 used to emphasize how bad someone or something is:
his consummate lack of tact
The man's a consummate liar.
consummately adverb

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