- per·fec·tion·is·tic, adjective
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How to use perfectionist in a sentence
I suffered from the classic gifted child cliché of simultaneously being a perfectionist and also expecting everything to come easily to me, because a lot of things did come easily to me.
These people, who are often perfectionists, do best when they split up a task into manageable parts, rather than feeling pressure to perform perfectly on a big, daunting project.Why do we procrastinate, and how can we stop? Experts have answers. | Angela Haupt | July 9, 2021 | Washington Post
We have a lot of people who identify as perfectionists, so this idea that they can’t guarantee that everyone will be perfectly safe causes a lot of guilt and anxiety.2021 Could Be the Biggest Wedding Year Ever. But Are Guests Ready to Gather? | Eliana Dockterman | May 29, 2021 | Time
If you’re a perfectionist, you’ll want the thermometer, but if you’re a go-by-feel type, I think you’ll be fine without it.
She spends her nights decorating her cakes with the painstaking angst of a perfectionist.How Home Bakers Have Found Sweet Success During the Pandemic | Raisa Bruner | March 4, 2021 | Time
This perfectionist, however, has become unhinged—just how Coupe likes it.Eliza Coupe Finds Her ‘Happy Ending’ With ‘Benched’ | Kevin Fallon | October 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They repeat tasks over and over with a ritualistic and often perfectionist bent.Why Tourette’s May Be Tim Howard’s Secret Weapon on the Field | Michael Daly | July 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
"Bernice Reig was always too much of a perfectionist to allow a franchised store out of her control," Mr. Hoch told us.
Off the track, she had been a perfectionist pre-med student with a perfect GPA.Are Female Long-Distance Runners More Prone To Suicidal Depression? | Emily de la Bruyere | February 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She's a perfectionist and if she does give TV a go she'd give Oprah a run for her money!Miley Cyrus Wears Black Pasties; Naomi Campbell May Score Her Own Talk Show | The Fashion Beast Team | September 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Nor is humanity itself fitted for the kind of transformation which fills the dreams of the perfectionist.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
Almost fiercely she was bent upon making him the moral perfectionist she had made Merle.The Wrong Twin | Harry Leon Wilson
Do you think that is because you are a sensitive perfectionist as far as the language is concerned?Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
A perfectionist, my guru was hypercritical of his disciples, whether in matters of moment or in the subtle nuances of behavior.Autobiography of a YOGI | Paramhansa Yogananda
That doesn't mean he is a perfectionist in many things, that he etches as well as he paints, that he composes as well as he draws.Ivory Apes and Peacocks | James Huneker
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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