fastidious fastidious  /fæ ˈstɪ di əs/


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



  1. Verne is a fastidious dresser whose clothes are always neat and perfectly cut, with a fanciful touch here and there.
  2. Bert is an organized and fastidious student who rarely makes a mistake.
  3. The fastidious editor threw the reporter's story out of window and told him to rewrite the whole thing again.


  • Artistry: From Gas Stations to Chapels, an Entire Town Done in Mini

    Photo via Design Boom Presented at this year's Venice Art Biennale: the fastidious work of Austrian insurance clerk-turned-miniatures maven Peter Fritz. In 1993, artist Oliver Croy unearthed the 387 parcels of provincial architecture—an encyclopedic array of bank buildings, farmhouses, fabric...
    on June 5, 2013     Source: Curbed


  1. Asked about the film and what he wants to avoid with it, Del Toro said: "What I want to do is make the best movie I have ever done. What I want to avoid is to make some fastidious tracing of lines that were established by the 'Lord of the Rings'...
    on Jul 1, 2009 By: Guillermo del Toro Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. "Apart from the macroeconomic policy adjustment, which has been successful so far, the government has plunged into the most fastidious, deepest mediocrity," Gabeira said in an interview from his office in Brasilia. "That's upsetting the...
    on Feb 13, 2004 By: Fernando Gabeira Source: Bloomberg

  3. About 200 years ago, essayist William Hazlitt wrote: "I conceive that words are like money, not the worse for being common, but that it is the stamp of custom alone that gives them circulation or value. I am fastidious in this respect, and would...
    on May 11, 2010 By: William Hazlitt Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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