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perfectionist

[ per-fek-shuh-nist ]
/ pərˈfɛk ʃə nɪst /
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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.
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Origin of perfectionist

First recorded in 1650–60; perfection + -ist

OTHER WORDS FROM perfectionist

per·fec·tion·is·tic, adjective
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How to use perfectionist in a sentence

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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