Definition of perfectionist in English:


Syllabification: per·fec·tion·ist
Pronunciation: /pərˈfekSH(ə)nəst


A person who refuses to accept any standard short of perfection: he was a perfectionist who worked slowly
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  • Self-acceptance, an acceptance of one's imperfections and weaknesses, is very difficult for perfectionists.
  • In contrast, adaptive perfectionists strive only to reach their own goals, not the goals set for them by other people.
  • Professionally, she is a perfectionist who demands high standards from her work.
purist, stickler for perfection, idealist;


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Refusing to accept any standard short of perfection.
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  • With the help of his friends, he turns to Rita Harrison, a corporate workaholic perfectionist lawyer.
  • Nothing much changes here thankfully - the perfectionist standards remain.
  • They believe the world is filled with incompetents, with only a few folks who approach their own perfectionist standards.



Pronunciation: /-ˌfekSHənˈistik/
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  • And when he was telling me we were all too perfectionistic and still too grade-conscious, I said, ‘But Sir, our grades do come out on the transcript… and low marks look terrible, you know.’
  • It's far too perfectionistic too: of course, no one can become completely balanced in the center and dish out criticism in precisely balanced portions.
  • Well-organized, orderly, and fastidious, they try to maintain high standards, but can slip into being critical and perfectionistic.

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