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


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.

Nearby words

  1. perfectibility of man,
  2. perfectible,
  3. perfecting press,
  4. perfection,
  5. perfectionism,
  6. perfectionists,
  7. perfective,
  8. perfectively,
  9. perfectivity,
  10. perfectivize

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

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British Dictionary definitions for perfectionistic


/ (pəˈfɛkʃənɪst) /


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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper