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]
Etymologyfastidieux, fastidiosus, from fastidium.
- /fæˈstɪdiəs/, /fəˈstɪdiəs/
accurate, appreciative, bleached, bright, careful, censorious, choicy, choosy, civilized, clean, cleanly, conscientious, critical, cultivated, cultured, dainty, delicate, differential, difficult, dirt-free, discriminate, discriminating, discriminative, distinctive, distinguishing, elegant, exact, exacting, fair, fine, finical, finicky, fresh, fussy, graceful, gracile, gracious, hypercritical, immaculate, kosher, meticulous, nice, nit-picking, nonpolluted, of cleanly habits, overconscientious, overscrupulous, particular, perfectionistic, picky, polished, precise, precisianistic, priggish, prudish, punctilious, punctual, pure, puristic, puritanic, refined, religious, ritually pure, scrupulous, selective, sensitive, shiny, smut-free, smutless, sophisticated, spotless, squeamish, stainless, strict, subtle, sweet, tactful, tahar, tender-conscienced, tubbed, unadulterated, unbesmirched, unblemished, unblotted, undefiled, unmuddied, unpolluted, unsmirched, unsmudged, unsoiled, unspotted, unstained, unsullied, untainted, untarnished, well-scrubbed, well-washed, white, whitened