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perfectionist

[per-fek-shuh-nist] /pərˈfɛk ʃə nɪst/
noun
1.
a person who adheres to or believes in perfectionism.
2.
a person who demands perfection of himself, herself, or others.
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or distinguished by perfection or perfectionism.
Origin of perfectionist
1650-1660
First recorded in 1650-60; perfection + -ist
Related forms
perfectionistic, adjective
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  • In this way a man may be an Abolitionist, yet not a perfectionist in general.

    Abolition a Sedition Geo. W. Donohue
  • Stevenson is a perfectionist, and that way lies madness for all save a few valiant spirits.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • I was asked by my host, whether I did read or not, what appeared shortly before that in Noyse's "perfectionist" against me.

  • "Yes, my friends do," admitted the perfectionist, with an accent that was supposed to be crushing.

    The Madigans Miriam Michelson
  • Nor is humanity itself fitted for the kind of transformation which fills the dreams of the perfectionist.

British Dictionary definitions for perfectionist

perfectionist

/pəˈfɛkʃənɪst/
noun
1.
a person who strives for or demands the highest standards of excellence in work, etc
2.
a person who believes the doctrine of perfectionism
adjective
3.
of or relating to perfectionism
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Word Origin and History for perfectionist
n.

1650s, from perfection + -ist. Originally theological, "one who believes moral perfection may be attained in earthly existence;" sense of "one satisfied only with the highest standards" is from 1934. Related: Perfectionism.

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