Definition of perfectionism
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 : a disposition to regard anything short of perfection as unacceptable
perfectionistplay \pər-ˈfek-sh(ə-)nist\ noun or adjective
perfectionisticplay \pər-ˌfek-shə-ˈni-stik\ adjective
Recent Examples of perfectionism from the Web
Also on display: his perfectionism, curious eye and innate classicizing style.
What many do not know is what brought them together: perfectionism. .
The plague of perfectionism on parenting blogs is rancid.
The new Pepper may be motivated less by money than by something else Emerick mentions: McCartney’s perfectionism.
Watching the film, I was struck by Tower’s elegance and vulnerability, his genius and the pure relentlessness of his perfectionism.
Don’t get bogged down by perfectionismThere is a common misperception that all organized people are perfectionists.
Are the merciless standards of perfectionism just waiting to clamp down?
They are often racked with anxiety, depression, and fear, and in one 2014 paper published in the Review of General Psychology, researchers suggested that perfectionism may be a risk factor for suicide.
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First Known Use of perfectionism
Medical Definition of perfectionism
: 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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