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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fastidious  \Fas*tid"i*ous\,  a.  [L.  fastidiosus  disdainful,  fr 
  fastidium  loathing,  aversion,  perh.  fr  fastus  arrogance  (of 
  uncertain  origin)  +  taedium  loathing.  Cf  {Tedious},  {Fash}.] 
  Difficult  to  please;  delicate  to  a  fault;  suited  with 
  difficulty;  squeamish;  as  a  fastidious  mind  or  ear;  a 
  fastidious  appetite. 
 
  Proud  youth  !  fastidious  of  the  lower  world.  --Young. 
 
  Syn:  Squeamish;  critical;  overnice;  difficult;  punctilious. 
 
 
  Usage:  {Fastidious},  {Squeamish}.  We  call  a  person  fastidious 
  when  his  taste  or  feelings  are  offended  by  trifling 
  defects  or  errors;  we  call  him  squeamish  when  he  is 
  excessively  nice  or  critical  on  minor  points,  and  also 
  when  he  is  overscrupulous  as  to  questions  of  duty. 
  ``Whoever  examines  his  own  imperfections  will  cease  to 
  be  fastidious;  whoever  restrains  his  caprice  and 
  scrupulosity  will  cease  to  be  squeamish.''  --Crabb.  -- 
  {Fas*tid"i*ous*ly},  adv  --  {Fas*tid"i*ous*ness},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  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:  (microbiology)  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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