Definition of perfectionism in English:



  • 1Refusal to accept any standard short of perfection.

    • ‘The medieval age was tyrannized by a demand for spiritual perfectionism, making it hard to accomplish anything practical.’
    • ‘His determination, impatience, and perfectionism were legendary.’
    • ‘We shall consider his moral perfectionism in Chapter 10.’
    • ‘As a director, his perfectionism / pedantry would have tested the patience of any producer.’
    • ‘The way we learn to write better is to write a great deal, but perfectionism won't let us do that.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After all, this is a column about perfectionism, so it's got to be really good.’
    • ‘You might even get a handle on your perfectionism by doing a short stint with a psychologist.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Women driven by impulsive behavior and perfectionism have higher odds of developing both problems.’
    • ‘Part II focuses on social, motivational, and cognitive factors in perfectionism.’
    • ‘They were also as likely to have traits associated with compulsive personality disorder: stubbornness, dictatorial tendencies, perfectionism and an excessive devotion to work.’
    • ‘The primary purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between primary exercise-dependence symptoms and perfectionism.’
    • ‘Moral perfectionism is always the enemy of the possible and the practical.’
    • ‘With an intellectual's perfectionism, he cannot bring himself to face his desires in real life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is this emphasis on perfectionism, this emphasis on sort of intellectual discussion and debate.’
    • ‘It often feels as though the consequences of giving up perfectionism will be worse than dealing with the pain.’
    1. 1.1Philosophy 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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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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