ne plus ultra

When something is ne plus ultra, it's the very best or the highest point that can be reached. Making it to the summit of Mt. Everest would be a mountain climber's ne plus ultra.

The Latin phrase ne plus ultra literally means "no more beyond," and it's famously said to have been inscribed on the Pillars of Hercules at either side of the Strait of Gibralter, in part as a warning to sailors not to travel beyond the edge of the known world. Today it's used to mean "perfect," or a flawless example of something. For you, the ne plus ultra of cars might be a vintage Mercedes.

Definitions of ne plus ultra
  1. noun
    the state of being without a flaw or defect
    synonyms: flawlessness, perfection
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    Antonyms:
    imperfection, imperfectness
    the state or an instance of being imperfect
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    dream
    someone or something wonderful
    cultivation, culture, finish, polish, refinement
    a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality
    fare-thee-well
    state of perfection; the utmost degree
    intactness
    the state of being unimpaired
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    state
    the way something is with respect to its main attributes
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