Definition of Fastidious

1. Adjective. Giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness. "Fastidious about personal cleanliness"




2. Adjective. Having complicated nutritional requirements; especially growing only in special artificial cultures. "Certain highly specialized xerophytes are extremely exacting in their requirements"
Exact synonyms: Exacting
Category relationships: Microbiology
Antonyms: Unfastidious

Definition of Fastidious

1. a. Difficult to please; delicate to a fault; suited with difficulty; squeamish; as, a fastidious mind or ear; a fastidious appetite.

Definition of Fastidious

1. Adjective. Excessively particular, demanding, or fussy about details. ¹

2. Adjective. Overly concerned about tidiness and cleanliness. ¹

3. Adjective. Difficult to please; quick to find fault. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Fastidious

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Fastidious

1. Having to do with microorganisms which have unusual and/or complex nutritional needs and must be grown on enriched media. (09 Oct 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Fastidious

fastened
fastener
fasteners
fastening
fastenings
fastens
faster
faster-than-light
fasters
fastest
fasteth
fastgrowing
fasti
fastidiosities
fastidiosity
fastidious (current term)
fastidious organism
fastidiously
fastidiousness
fastidium cibi
fastigatum
fastigial nucleus
fastigiated
fastigiates
fastigiobulbar fibres
fastigiobulbar tract
fastigiospinal fibres
fastigium
fastigiums

Literary usage of Fastidious

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine by Roy J. Friedman Mark Twain Collection (Library of Congress) (1913)
"XVIII—THE fastidious YAK THERE was once a fastidious yak Who refused to cat hay from a stack. " A haystack," said he, " Looks so very like me ! ..."

2. Calamities and Quarrels of Authors by Isaac Disraeli, Benjamin Disraeli (1867)
"THE PAINS OF fastidious EGOTISM. I MUST place the author of " The Catalogue of Royal and Noble Authors," who himself now ornaments that roll, ..."

3. Agriculture in Some of Its Relations with Chemistry by Frank Humphreys Storer (1892)
"Barley a fastidious Crop. It is often said of barley, that few crops are more strongly affected by food. Few crops respond more quickly to a generous diet, ..."

4. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1831)
"No sooner had Maximin advanced about two miles from the Danube, than he began to experience the fastidious insolence of the conqueror. ..."

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