fastidious

[ fa-stid-ee-uh s, fuh- ]
/ fæˈstɪd i əs, fə- /

adjective

excessively particular, critical, or demanding; hard to please: a fastidious eater.
requiring or characterized by excessive care or delicacy; painstaking.

Origin of fastidious

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin fastīdiōsus squeamish, equivalent to fastīdi(um) lack of appetite, disgust, perhaps by syncope of *fastutīdium (fastu-, combining form of fastus pride, conceit + -tīdium combining form of taedium tedium) + -ōsus -ous

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1. See particular.
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British Dictionary definitions for fastidious

fastidious

/ (fæˈstɪdɪəs) /

adjective

very critical; hard to please
excessively particular about details
exceedingly delicate; easily disgusted

Derived Forms

fastidiously, adverbfastidiousness, noun

Word Origin for fastidious

C15: from Latin fastīdiōsus scornful, from fastīdium loathing, from fastus pride + taedium weariness
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Medicine definitions for fastidious

fastidious

[ fă-stĭdē-əs, fə- ]

adj.

Possessing or displaying careful, meticulous attention to detail.
Difficult to please; exacting.
Having complex nutritional requirements. Used of microorganisms.

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