perfectionism

play
noun per·fec·tion·ism \pər-ˈfek-shə-ˌni-zəm\

Definition of perfectionism

  1. 1a :  the doctrine that the perfection of moral character constitutes a person's highest goodb :  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

perfectionist

play \pər-ˈfek-sh(ə-)nist\ noun or adjective

perfectionistic

play \pər-ˌfek-shə-ˈni-stik\ adjective

Recent Examples of perfectionism from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'perfectionism.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of perfectionism

1835


Medical Dictionary

perfectionism

play
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


Learn More about perfectionism


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up perfectionism? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to relieve or lessen

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time-traveler-quiz-which-word-came-first
  • Which came first?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!