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Perfect vs. Imperfect Rhymes: Definition, Uses, and Differences

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 29, 2021 • 5 min read

Rhymes build on two facets of language: the point of emphasis within any given word and the vowel and consonant sounds some words share.

Two of the most commonly used types of rhyme are perfect and imperfect rhymes. While distinct, they often rely on one another. An imperfect rhyme is defined by what it is not—a perfect rhyme. For this reason, it is necessary to understand the individual definition and purpose of a perfect rhyme.