perfectionism

[per-fek-shuh-niz-uhm]
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:
1830–40, Americanism; perfection + -ism

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perfectionism (pəˈfɛkʃəˌnɪzəm)
 
n
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 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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Example sentences
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.
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