com·​plet·​ist kəm-ˈplē-tist How to pronounce completist (audio)
: one who wants to make something (such as a collection) complete

Examples of completist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On that frame the show spins a web of story lines as intricate (and completist) as the D.S.M.-5. Jesse Green, New York Times, 31 Jan. 2024 The omission of several songs from the tour’s setlist was a source of consternation for some completist fans when the film opened in October, although many correctly guessed that the 2-hours-45-minutes film would get an expansion when the movie became available for home viewing. Chris Willman, Variety, 27 Nov. 2023 Those of us who are not completists may not feel these were such terrible losses; two hours and 45 minutes in a theater space — the running time this ended up at — can feel about as long as the three hours and 25 that the Eras Tour sets ended up lasting in the end. Chris Willman, Variety, 12 Oct. 2023 As in the John Wick franchise, but with wittier one-liners, the essential motivation for everyone appears to be revenge, pursued with completist relish and mixed with a certain fastidiousness about not leaving any traces or surviving witnesses. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2023 The movie’s trailers showcase these roles, though The Flash still packs in surprises for completists and continuity obsessives. Vulture, 25 Aug. 2023 Many die-hards and completists would argue that the below barely scratches the surface in terms of who Ahsoka is. Dan Heching, CNN, 21 Aug. 2023 But that comes with the burden of expectations: fans of the original checking it against the source, some looking for a fresh take, others looking for a completist video illustration. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 1 May 2023 For the completists, this one finds Jared Leto starring as Dr. Michael Morbius, a man who suffers from a blood disease. Good Housekeeping, 6 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of completist was in 1951

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“Completist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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