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perfectionism

[per-fek-shuh-niz-uh m] /pərˈfɛk ʃəˌnɪz əm/
noun
1.
any of various doctrines holding that religious, moral, social, or political perfection is attainable.
2.
a personal standard, attitude, or philosophy that demands perfection and rejects anything less.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism; perfection + -ism
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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

perfectionism

/pəˈfɛkʃəˌnɪzəm/
noun
1.
(philosophy) the doctrine that man can attain perfection in this life
2.
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)
n.
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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