fastidious
[ fa-stid-ee-uhs ]
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Part of Speechadjective, adjectiveOrigin + Etymology
Late Middle English;; From Latin fastidiosus, from fastidium "loathing". The word originally meant "disagreeable", later "disgusted". Current senses date from the 17th century.
Synonyms
adjective
cautious meticulous very careful
adjective
discriminating exacting finicky
Antonyms
adjective
messy uncareful
adjective
uncritical undemanding unfussy indifferent
Definition
adjectiverequiring or characterized by excessive care or delicacy; painstaking
adjectiveexcessively particular, critical, or demanding; hard to please
Examples
adjectiveA) Making a proper souffle is a fastidious exercise, but the rewards are so sweet. B) Cleaning up after the party required fastidious care, as a lot of things had been stacked very precariously during the revels.
adjectiveA) The professor was fastidious down to the smallest detail, even knocking off points for askew staples. B) Emily was fastidious when it came to the state of her hotel room, so seeing it in such disarray was more than worrying.
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