1. 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. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for perfectionistic


  1. a person who strives for or demands the highest standards of excellence in work, etc
  2. a person who believes the doctrine of perfectionism
  1. of or relating to perfectionism
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Word Origin and History for perfectionistic



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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