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perfectionism

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noun per·fec·tion·ism \-shə-ˌni-zəm\

Definition of perfectionism

  1. 1 a :  the doctrine that the perfection of moral character constitutes a person's highest good b :  the theological doctrine that a state of freedom from sin is attainable on earth

  2. 2 :  a disposition to regard anything short of perfection as unacceptable

per·fec·tion·ist play \-sh(ə-)nist\ noun or adjective
per·fec·tion·is·tic play \-ˌfek-shə-ˈnis-tik\ adjective


Circa 1846

First Known Use of perfectionism

circa 1846

Rhymes with perfectionism

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Medical Dictionary

perfectionism

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noun per·fec·tion·ism \pər-ˈfek-shə-ˌniz-əm\

Medical Definition of perfectionism

  1. :  a disposition to regard anything short of perfection as unacceptable; especially :  the setting of unrealistically demanding goals accompanied by a disposition to regard failure to achieve them as unacceptable and a sign of personal worthlessness




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