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FASTIDIOUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fastidious mean? 

FASTIDIOUS (adjective)
  The adjective FASTIDIOUS has 2 senses:

1. giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness
2. having complicated nutritional requirements; especially growing only in special artificial cultures

  Familiarity information: FASTIDIOUS used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


FASTIDIOUS (adjective)


Sense 1fastidious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness

Context examples:

a fastidious and incisive intellect / fastidious about personal cleanliness

Similar:

choosey; choosy (difficult to please)

dainty; nice; overnice; prissy; squeamish (excessively fastidious and easily disgusted)

finical; finicky; fussy; particular; picky (exacting especially about details)

meticulous (marked by extreme care in treatment of details)

pernickety; persnickety (characterized by excessive precision and attention to trivial details)

old-maidish; old-womanish (primly fastidious)

Also:

refined ((used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel)

tidy (marked by good order and cleanliness in appearance or habits)

Antonym:

unfastidious (marked by an absence of due or proper care or attention to detail; not concerned with cleanliness)


Sense 2fastidious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having complicated nutritional requirements; especially growing only in special artificial cultures

Synonyms:

exacting; fastidious

Context examples:

fastidious microorganisms / certain highly specialized xerophytes are extremely exacting in their requirements

Domain category:

microbiology (the branch of biology that studies microorganisms and their effects on humans)

Antonym:

unfastidious (not exacting in nutritional requirements)


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