perfectionist

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

noun

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

adjective

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
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British Dictionary definitions for perfectionist

perfectionist

/ (pəˈfɛkʃənɪst) /

noun

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

adjective

of or relating to perfectionism
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Word Origin and History for perfectionist

perfectionist


n.

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.

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