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perfectionism

[per-fek-shuh-niz-uh m] /pərˈfɛk ʃəˌnɪz əm/
noun
1.
any of various doctrines holding that religious, moral, social, or political perfection is attainable.
2.
a personal standard, attitude, or philosophy that demands perfection and rejects anything less.
Origin of perfectionism
1830-1840
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40; perfection + -ism
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  • perfectionism: defining the term as referring to God's righteousness, and not self-righteousness.

    History of American Socialisms

    John Humphrey Noyes
  • perfectionism, no less than isolationism or imperialism or power politics, may obstruct the paths to international peace.

  • This is the application of perfectionism to politics, which was originally a religious notion.

    Abolition a Sedition Geo. W. Donohue
  • When he happens to be guilty of a fault, he is in a state of lapse; at other times in a state of perfectionism.

    Abolition a Sedition Geo. W. Donohue
  • We know it is a doctrine of perfectionism, but it is not a practicable doctrine, in our opinion.

    Abolition a Sedition Geo. W. Donohue
British Dictionary definitions for perfectionism

perfectionism

/pəˈfɛkʃəˌnɪzəm/
noun
1.
(philosophy) the doctrine that man can attain perfection in this life
2.
the demand for the highest standard of excellence
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perfectionism in Medicine

perfectionism per·fec·tion·ism (pər-fěk'shə-nĭz'əm)
n.
A tendency to set rigid high standards of personal performance.


per·fec'tion·ist adj. & n.
per·fec'tion·is'tic adj.
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