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fastidious

[fa-stid-ee-uh s, fuh-]
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adjective
  1. excessively particular, critical, or demanding; hard to please: a fastidious eater.
  2. requiring or characterized by excessive care or delicacy; painstaking.
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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
Related formsfas·tid·i·ous·ly, adverbfas·tid·i·ous·ness, nounhy·per·fas·tid·i·ous, adjectivehy·per·fas·tid·i·ous·ly, adverbhy·per·fas·tid·i·ous·ness, nounnon·fas·tid·i·ous, adjectivenon·fas·tid·i·ous·ly, adverbnon·fas·tid·i·ous·ness, nouno·ver·fas·tid·i·ous, adjectiveo·ver·fas·tid·i·ous·ly, adverbo·ver·fas·tid·i·ous·ness, nounul·tra·fas·tid·i·ous, adjectiveul·tra·fas·tid·i·ous·ly, adverbul·tra·fas·tid·i·ous·ness, nounun·fas·tid·i·ous, adjectiveun·fas·tid·i·ous·ly, adverbun·fas·tid·i·ous·ness, noun

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1. See particular.
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Examples from the Web for fastidiousness

Historical Examples

  • Heyst's dread arose, not out of shame or timidity, but from his fastidiousness.

    Victory

    Joseph Conrad

  • The attitude of warding off reveals itself as fastidiousness and as bashfulness.

  • But all the rich tremble before the fastidiousness of the poor.

  • Then I found you, Elfride, and I felt for the first time that my fastidiousness was a blessing.

  • Too much attention to dress and appearance is fastidiousness.

    Practical Ethics

    William DeWitt Hyde


British Dictionary definitions for fastidiousness

fastidious

adjective
  1. very critical; hard to please
  2. excessively particular about details
  3. exceedingly delicate; easily disgusted
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Derived Formsfastidiously, adverbfastidiousness, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin fastīdiōsus scornful, from fastīdium loathing, from fastus pride + taedium weariness
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Word Origin and History for fastidiousness

fastidious

adj.

mid-15c., "full of pride," from Latin fastidiosus "disdainful, squeamish, exacting," from fastidium "loathing, squeamishness," most likely from *fastu-taidiom, a compound of fastus "contempt, arrogance" and taedium "aversion, disgust." Early use in English was both in passive and active senses. Meaning "squeamish, over-nice" emerged in English 1610s. Related: Fastidiously; fastidiousness.

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fastidiousness in Medicine

fastidious

(fă-stĭdē-əs, fə-)
adj.
  1. Possessing or displaying careful, meticulous attention to detail.
  2. Difficult to please; exacting.
  3. Having complex nutritional requirements. Used of microorganisms.
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