[ per-fek-shuh-nist ]
/ pərˈfɛk ʃə nɪst /


a person who adheres to or believes in perfectionism.
a person who demands perfection of himself, herself, or others.


of, relating to, or distinguished by perfection or perfectionism.

Origin of perfectionist

First recorded in 1650–60; perfection + -ist

OTHER WORDS FROM perfectionist

per·fec·tion·is·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for perfectionist

/ (pəˈfɛkʃənɪst) /


a person who strives for or demands the highest standards of excellence in work, etc
a person who believes the doctrine of perfectionism


of or relating to perfectionism
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