AskDefine | Define fastidious

Dictionary Definition

fastidious adj
1 giving and careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness; "a fastidious and incisive intellect"; "fastidious about personal cleanliness" [ant: unfastidious]
2 having complicated nutritional requirements; especially growing only in special artificial cultures; "fastidious microorganisms"; "certain highly specialized xerophytes are extremely exacting in their requirements" [syn: exacting] [ant: unfastidious]

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Etymology

fastidieux, fastidiosus, from fastidium.

Pronunciation

  • /fæˈstɪdiəs/, /fəˈstɪdiəs/
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