perfectionist [per-fek-shuh-nist] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a person who adheres to or believes in perfectionism.
  2. a person who demands perfection of himself, herself, or others.


  1. of, relating to, or distinguished by perfection or perfectionism.

Origin of perfectionist First recorded in 1650–60; perfection + -ist Related formsper·fec·tion·is·tic, adjective Examples from the Web for perfectionistic Contemporary Examples of perfectionistic

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  • British Dictionary definitions for perfectionistic perfectionist noun

    1. a person who strives for or demands the highest standards of excellence in work, etc
    2. a person who believes the doctrine of perfectionism


    1. of or relating to perfectionism

    Word Origin and History for perfectionistic perfectionist n.

    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.

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