Definition of perfectionism in English:


Syllabification: per·fec·tion·ism
Pronunciation: /pərˈfekSHəˌnizəm


  • 1Refusal to accept any standard short of perfection.
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    • That is the cornerstone of his epic career, his attention to detail, his innate perfectionism and his belligerent refusal to be beaten, whatever the opposition.
    • You might even get a handle on your perfectionism by doing a short stint with a psychologist.
    • Women driven by impulsive behavior and perfectionism have higher odds of developing both problems.
  • 1.1 Philosophy A doctrine holding that religious, moral, social, or political perfection is attainable, especially the theory that human moral or spiritual perfection should be or has been attained.
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    • The spiritual perfectionism of her system has dual aspects: metaphysical and moral.
    • When we forget that our longing for the good and the true is grounded in the beautiful, the spiritual life degenerates into moralism and perfectionism.
    • Nor did perfectionism sustain an essentialist notion of the self; instead, it often contested it in order to conceive of the self as intersubjective, formed in response, traced by the words of others.

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