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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A propensity for being displeased with anything that is not perfect or does not meet extremely high standards.
  • n. A belief in certain religions that moral or spiritual perfection can be achieved before the soul has passed into the afterlife.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dislike for anything less than perfection
  • n. A belief that spiritual perfection may be achieved during life, or that it should be striven for

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The doctrine of the Perfectionists.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The belief that a sinless life is attainable.
  • n. The belief and system of the Perfectionists of the Oneida Community (which see, under community).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a disposition to feel that anything less than perfect is unacceptable

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