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[per-fek-shuh-nist] /pərˈfɛk ʃə nɪst/
a person who adheres to or believes in perfectionism.
a person who demands perfection of himself, herself, or others.
of, relating to, or distinguished by perfection or perfectionism.
Origin of perfectionist
1650-60; perfection + -ist
Related forms
perfectionistic, adjective Unabridged
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  • Then again, weeding could drive a perfectionist mad, because it's a never-ending task.
  • He disdained the fastidious and perfectionist alignment of postures that some of his rivals practised in chilly yoga studios.
  • The perfectionist does not want old buildings made sanitary and fireproof without changing their essential character.
  • Ever a perfectionist, she gets a bikini wax for her implantation appointment at the fertility clinic.
  • No one knew how exacting he was-a mad perfectionist with an aesthetic few would understand.
  • He was a perfectionist who kept a file of correspondence with businesses he dealt with whose products were flawed.
  • No one becomes a workaholic perfectionist without past experiences that drive them in this direction.
  • Maladaptive perfectionist scores were strongly correlated with self-critical depression, but not dependent depression.
  • He found that a perfectionist temperament affected his academic work and communication.
  • Leadership styles that were controlling and perfectionist related to high anxiety, fear, and reticence to risk.
British Dictionary definitions for perfectionist


a person who strives for or demands the highest standards of excellence in work, etc
a person who believes the doctrine of perfectionism
of or relating to perfectionism
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Word Origin and History for perfectionist

1650s, from perfection + -ist. Originally theological, "one who believes moral perfection may be attained in earthly existence;" sense of "one satisfied only with the highest standards" is from 1934. Related: Perfectionism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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