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fastidious

[ fa-stid-ee-uhs, fuh- ]
/ fƦĖˆstÉŖd i əs, fə- /
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adjective
excessively particular, critical, or demanding; hard to please: a fastidious eater.
requiring or characterized by excessive care or delicacy; painstaking.
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Origin of fastidious

1375ā€“1425; late Middle English <Latin fastÄ«diōsus squeamish, equivalent to fastÄ«di(um) lack of appetite, disgust, perhaps by syncope of *fastutÄ«dium (fastu-, combining form of fastus pride, conceit + -tÄ«dium combining form of taediumtedium) + -ōsus-ous

synonym study for fastidious

1. See particular.

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British Dictionary definitions for fastidious

fastidious
/ (fƦĖˆstÉŖdÉŖəs) /

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

Derived forms of fastidious

fastidiously, adverbfastidiousness, noun

Word Origin for fastidious

C15: from Latin fastīdiōsus scornful, from fastīdium loathing, from fastus pride + taedium weariness
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