giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness
"a fastidious and incisive intellect"; "fastidious about personal cleanliness"
having complicated nutritional requirements; especially growing only in special artificial cultures
"fastidious microorganisms"; "certain highly specialized xerophytes are extremely exacting in their requirements"
fastidious(adjective)Excessively particular, demanding, or fussy about details.
fastidious(adjective)Overly concerned about tidiness and cleanliness.
fastidious(adjective)Difficult to please; quick to find fault.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Elegant (Latin elegans, select) refers to that assemblage of qualities which makes anything choice to persons of culture and refinement; it refers to the lighter, finer elements of beauty in form or motion, especially denoting that which exhibits faultless taste and perfection of finish. That which is elegant is made so not merely by nature, but by art and culture; a woodland dell may be beautiful or picturesque, but would not ordinarily be termed elegant. Tasteful refers to that in which the element of taste is more prominent, standing, as it were, more by itself, while in elegant it is blended as part of the whole. Tasty is an inferior word, used colloquially in a similar sense. Chaste (primarily pure), denotes in literature and art that which is true to the higher and finer feelings and free from all excess or meretricious ornament. Dainty and delicate refer to the lighter and finer elements of taste and beauty, dainty tending in personal use to an excessive scrupulousness which is more fully expressed by fastidious. Nice and delicate both refer to exact adaptation to some standard; the bar of a balance can be said to be nicely or delicately poised; as regards matters of taste and beauty, delicate is a higher and more discriminating word than nice, and is always used in a favorable sense; a delicate distinction is one worth observing; a nice distinction may be so, or may be overstrained and unduly subtle; fine in such use, is closely similar to delicate and nice, but (tho capable of an unfavorable sense) has commonly a suggestion of positive excellence or admirableness; a fine touch does something; fine perceptions are to some purpose; delicate is capable of the single unfavorable sense of frail or fragile; as, a delicate constitution. Esthetic or esthetical refers to beauty or the appreciation of the beautiful, especially from the philosophic point of view. Exquisite denotes the utmost perfection of the elegant in minute details; we speak of an elegant garment, an exquisite lace. Exquisite is also applied to intense keenness of any feeling; as, exquisite delight; exquisite pain. See BEAUTIFUL; DELICIOUS; FINE.
clumsy, coarse, deformed, disgusting, displeasing, distasteful, fulsome, gaudy, grotesque, harsh, hideous, horrid, inartistic, inharmonious, meretricious, offensive, rough, rude, rugged, tawdry
Translations for fastidious
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- изтънчен, взискателен, придирчив, капризенBulgarian
- anspruchsvoll, pingelig, penibel, wählerisch, mäkelig, kleinlichGerman
- cicatero, exigente, regodeón, maniático, quisquilloso, fastidiosoSpanish
- nirso, turhantarkkaFinnish
- exigeant, minutieux, méticuleux, pointilleuxFrench
- pignolo, precisino, meticolosoItalian
- 気難しい, 几帳面, 好みのむずかしいJapanese
- deerit fastidioseLatin
- whakatarapī, manaia, mōkinokino, warahoeMāori
- scrupuleus, veeleisend, kieskeurigDutch
- minucioso, meticulosoPortuguese
- cusurgiu, mofturos, minuțiosRomanian
- скрупулёзный, привередливый, прихотливый, требовательный, брезгливый, придирчивыйRussian
- granntyckt, kinkig, petnoga, petig, nogräknad, kräsenSwedish
- güçbeğenir, titiz, müşkülpesentTurkish
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