[ per-fek-shuh-niz-uh m ]
/ pərˈfɛk ʃəˌnɪz əm /


any of various doctrines holding that religious, moral, social, or political perfection is attainable.
a personal standard, attitude, or philosophy that demands perfection and rejects anything less.

Origin of perfectionism

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; perfection + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for perfectionism


/ (pəˈfɛkʃəˌnɪzəm) /


philosophy the doctrine that man can attain perfection in this life
the demand for the highest standard of excellence
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Medicine definitions for perfectionism


[ pər-fĕkshə-nĭz′əm ]


A tendency to set rigid high standards of personal performance.

Related forms

per•fection•ist adj. n.
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