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perfectionist (plural perfectionists)
- Someone who is unwilling to settle for anything that is not perfect or does not meet extremely high standards. [from 20th c.]
- (philosophy, now rare) Someone who thinks that religious or moral perfection can be attained in this life. [from 17th c.]
- 1748, [Samuel Richardson], “Letter CXVI”, in Clarissa. Or, The History of a Young Lady: […], volume (please specify |volume=I to VII), London: […] S[amuel] Richardson; […], OCLC 13631815:
- I have read in some of our perfectionists enough to make a better man than myself either run into madness or despair about the grace you mention […].
- (US, historical) One of the Bible Communists or Free-lovers, a small American sect founded by J. H. Noyes (1811-86), which settled at Oneida in 1848, holding that the gospel if accepted secures freedom from sin. [from 19th c.]
person who does not settle for anything that is not perfect
- Demanding perfection; being a perfectionist; imposing overly high standards.
- perfectionistic parents
- For quotations using this term, see Citations:perfectionist.
- (philosophy) Inclined or related to perfectionism.