Definition of perfectionism in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Refusal to accept any standard short of perfection.

    • ‘Good perfectionism means you set high but reasonable standards for yourself.’
    • ‘She works hard at her craft but is constantly on the verge of being overwhelmed by the constant search for work, the unfulfilling roles, the overly demanding directors, the hostile critics, and obsessive perfectionism.’
    • ‘They were also as likely to have traits associated with compulsive personality disorder: stubbornness, dictatorial tendencies, perfectionism and an excessive devotion to work.’
    • ‘After all, this is a column about perfectionism, so it's got to be really good.’
    • ‘With an intellectual's perfectionism, he cannot bring himself to face his desires in real life.’
    • ‘The primary purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between primary exercise-dependence symptoms and perfectionism.’
    • ‘There is this emphasis on perfectionism, this emphasis on sort of intellectual discussion and debate.’
    • ‘Moral perfectionism is always the enemy of the possible and the practical.’
    • ‘It often feels as though the consequences of giving up perfectionism will be worse than dealing with the pain.’
    • ‘Part II focuses on social, motivational, and cognitive factors in perfectionism.’
    • ‘His determination, impatience, and perfectionism were legendary.’
    • ‘We shall consider his moral perfectionism in Chapter 10.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The medieval age was tyrannized by a demand for spiritual perfectionism, making it hard to accomplish anything practical.’
    • ‘A perfectionism that rejects or abandons what we cannot fully control (or what thwarts our expectations) is a flaw far deeper than a monster's ugliness.’
    • ‘As a director, his perfectionism / pedantry would have tested the patience of any producer.’
    • ‘You might even get a handle on your perfectionism by doing a short stint with a psychologist.’
    • ‘Our concrete history I hope shows us that we were not ‘making a home’ with our manuals and definitions, but practicing perfectionism, keeping a living room under plastic where no one sits.’
    • ‘The way we learn to write better is to write a great deal, but perfectionism won't let us do that.’
    • ‘Women driven by impulsive behavior and perfectionism have higher odds of developing both problems.’
    1. 1.1Philosophy A doctrine holding that perfection is attainable, especially the theory that human moral or spiritual perfection should be or has been attained.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The spiritual perfectionism of her system has dual aspects: metaphysical and moral.’
      • ‘Wesley's doctrine of what he called perfect love, his idea of an experience subsequent to conversion, that was later taken up by the holiness movement as a kind of an attempt to revive Wesleyan perfectionism.’
      dogmatism, purism, literalism, formalism
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