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

Related Words for perfectionist

idealist, quibbler, fusspot, purist, formalist, fussbudget

Examples from the Web for perfectionist

Contemporary Examples of perfectionist

Historical Examples of perfectionist

  • 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.


    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



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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Word Origin and History for perfectionist

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper