perfectionism

[per-fek-shuh-niz-uh m]
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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

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; perfection + -ism
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Historical Examples of perfectionism

  • Perfectionism: defining the term as referring to God's righteousness, and not self-righteousness.

  • 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

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

[pər-fĕkshə-nĭz′əm]
n.
  1. A tendency to set rigid high standards of personal performance.
Related formsper•fection•ist adj. n.
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