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[per-fek-shuh-niz-uh m] /pərˈfɛk ʃəˌnɪz əm/
any of various doctrines holding that religious, moral, social, or political perfection is attainable.
a personal standard, attitude, or philosophy that demands perfection and rejects anything less.
Origin of perfectionism
1830-40, Americanism; perfection + -ism Unabridged
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  • perfectionism is about being perfect-not simply outstanding.
  • She is also notorious for her overbearing perfectionism.
  • Such was his perfectionism that during his lifetime he published only a single book, of seventy-four pages.
  • Everyone knew that her perfectionism was rarely satisfied by her efforts.
  • His market and visibility suffered from his irascible personality and his relentless perfectionism.
  • The moral perfectionism that many found seductive made him unable to cherish those whom he fascinated.
  • But his petulance was connected to his perfectionism.
  • In this article different views of the nature of perfectionism in gifted students are discussed.
British Dictionary definitions for perfectionism


(philosophy) the doctrine that man can attain perfection in this life
the demand for the highest standard of excellence
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perfectionism in Medicine

perfectionism per·fec·tion·ism (pər-fěk'shə-nĭz'əm)
A tendency to set rigid high standards of personal performance.

per·fec'tion·ist adj. & n.
per·fec'tion·is'tic adj.
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