perfectionist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n perfectionist a person who is displeased by anything that does not meet very high standards
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Perfectionist One pretending to perfection; esp., one pretending to moral perfection; one who believes that persons may and do attain to moral perfection and sinlessness in this life.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n perfectionist One who believes in any form of perfectionism.
    • n perfectionist Specifically [capitalized] A member of the Oneida Community. See community. Also called Bible Communist.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Perfectionist one who pretends to be perfect: one who thinks that moral perfection can be attained in this life: 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
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Quotations

  • Chris Evert
    Chris Evert
    “Every time, all the time, I'm a perfectionist. I feel I should never lose.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. perfectus, pa.p. of perficĕreper, thoroughly, facĕre, to do.

Usage

In literature:

Almost fiercely she was bent upon making him the moral perfectionist she had made Merle.
"The Wrong Twin" by Harry Leon Wilson
Then I attended a meeting of Perfectionists in Newark, N.J.
"Secret Enemies of True Republicanism" by Andrew B. Smolnikar
The Perfectionists of Oneida and Wallingford are perhaps the most singular of all communists.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, October, 1877, Vol. XX. No. 118" by Various
Someone must have been a perfectionist.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
Nor is humanity itself fitted for the kind of transformation which fills the dreams of the perfectionist.
"The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice" by Stephen Leacock
Wouldn't the newsies and protocol perfectionists be upset!
"Fearful Symmetry" by Ann Wilson
That doesn't mean he is a perfectionist in many things, that he etches as well as he paints, that he composes as well as he draws.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
Even the famous Perfectionists of Oneida relapsed into ordinary marriage on the death of their leader, Noyes, and by his own wish.
"Modern marriage and how to bear it" by Maud Churton Braby
The old professor looked haggard, a perfectionist man who had despaired.
"Project Cyclops" by Thomas Hoover
I'm a perfectionist, Matt.
"The Five Arrows" by Allan Chase
Stevenson is a perfectionist, and that way lies madness for all save a few valiant spirits.
"Unicorns" by James Huneker
In this way a man may be an Abolitionist, yet not a perfectionist in general.
"Abolition a Sedition" by Geo. W. Donohue
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In news:

At a No-Frills Pizza Spot, a Perfectionist 's Pie.
For a Perfectionist , a Posthumous Promotion.
Ponder may need to tone down his perfectionist ways.
The Perfectionist 's Secret to Higher Productivity.
Smith saw himself as a perfectionist, artist, and a poet.
Perfectionist and prodigious banana eater.
Twelve-year-old Adam Herzog was a natural athlete, a perfectionist and a compassionate listener always surrounded by friends.
Spike Lee's doc digs deep into Michael Jackson's work ethic, writing chops and perfectionist streak.
It seems that Tom Cruise is a perfectionist when it comes to his work AND his home life.
Walt Disney was a perfectionist, but famously said he hoped that Disneyland would never be complete, so it could always be improved on.
High school perfectionist is hiding eating disorder .
Tim Beckman is a perfectionist, even if that means sleeping on his office couch to get the job done.
Evan Turner Thursday on the 76ers picking up the fourth-year option on his contract and being a perfectionist.
6 Strategies for Soothing a Perfectionist.
But she's also a perfectionist, and she marries those two disparate traits.
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In science:

We bear in mind that none of these estimates is perfect in the eye of a perfectionist.
The Use of Analyticity in the $\pi\pi$ and $K\bar K$ Coupled Channel System
The former are the perfectionists, members of the “golden lens” school.
Gravitational Lensing: Recent Progress and Future Goals - Conference Summary
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