What does perfectionism mean?

Definitions for perfectionism
pərˈfɛk ʃəˌnɪz əmper·fec·tion·ism

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word perfectionism.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. perfectionism(noun)

    a disposition to feel that anything less than perfect is unacceptable

    "his perfectionism seemed excessive to his students"


  1. Perfectionism(n.)

    A personal attitude which demands perfection in the results of actions.


  1. perfectionism(Noun)

    A dislike for anything less than perfection

  2. perfectionism(Noun)

    A belief that spiritual perfection may be achieved during life, or that it should be striven for

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perfectionism(noun)

    the doctrine of the Perfectionists


  1. Perfectionism

    Perfectionism, in psychology, is a personality trait characterized by a person's striving for flawlessness and setting excessively high performance standards, accompanied by overly critical self-evaluations and concerns regarding others' evaluations. It is best conceptualized as a multidimensional characteristic, as psychologists agree that there are many positive and negative aspects. In its maladaptive form, perfectionism drives people to attempt to achieve an unattainable ideal, and their adaptive perfectionism can sometimes motivate them to reach their goals. In the end, they derive pleasure from doing so. When perfectionists do not reach their goals, they often fall into depression.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Perfectionism

    the doctrine that moral perfection is by divine grace attainable in the present life.

How to pronounce perfectionism?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say perfectionism in sign language?

  1. perfectionism


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of perfectionism in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of perfectionism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of perfectionism in a Sentence

  1. John Updike:

    Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solicitude is the enemy of well-being.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    If you are a real perfectionist, you can’t finish any job! We, the mortals, we don’t have enough time to be perfectionist! Perfectionism is the art of immortals!

  3. Dr. David M. Burns:

    Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person.

  4. Kathy Griffin:

    There is plenty to make fun of in pop culture without bringing people's bodies into it, i do not want to use my comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance towards difference.

  5. Brené Brown:

    Perfectionism is a self destructive and addictive belief system that fuels this primary thought: If I look perfect, and do everything perfectly, I can avoid or minimize the painful feelings of shame, judgment, and blame.

Images & Illustrations of perfectionism

  1. perfectionismperfectionismperfectionismperfectionismperfectionism

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for perfectionism

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for perfectionism »


Find a translation for the perfectionism definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • Chinese - Simplified 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • Chinese - Traditional 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Spanish Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • Japanese 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Portuguese Português (Portuguese)
  • German Deutsch (German)
  • Arabic العربية (Arabic)
  • French Français (French)
  • Russian Русский (Russian)
  • Kannada ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • Korean 한국어 (Korean)
  • Hebrew עברית (Hebrew)
  • Ukrainian Український (Ukrainian)
  • Urdu اردو (Urdu)
  • Hungarian Magyar (Hungarian)
  • Hindi मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesian Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italian Italiano (Italian)
  • Tamil தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Turkish Türkçe (Turkish)
  • Telugu తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • Thai ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Vietnamese Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Czech Čeština (Czech)
  • Polish Polski (Polish)
  • Indonesian Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Romanian Românește (Romanian)
  • Dutch Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Greek Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latin Latinum (Latin)
  • Swedish Svenska (Swedish)
  • Danish Dansk (Danish)
  • Finnish Suomi (Finnish)
  • Persian فارسی (Persian)
  • Yiddish ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • Armenian հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norwegian Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English English (English)

Discuss these perfectionism definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"perfectionism." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2019. Web. 22 Aug. 2019. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/perfectionism>.

Are we missing a good definition for perfectionism? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for perfectionism:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.