Adjective "Fastidious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Very attentive to and concerned about accuracy and detail.
  1. 'I was struck by the fastidious care with which the parties divided up the cost of the vacations they took together; sometimes calculations were made to the penny.'
  2. 'For the fastidious reader interested in precise historical accuracy, these flaws are very substantial.'
  3. 'In retrospect, I wish I had been more fastidious.'
  4. 'He made relatively few films and gained the reputation of being a fastidious and sometimes ruthless perfectionist.'
  5. 'He plays it deadpan, with impeccable style and fastidious attention to detail, but of course that only enhances the absurdity.'
  6. 'Why be so fastidious in dealing with the likes of Norman?'
  7. 'A first-year student at Williams may well become frustrated with such fastidious nit-picking.'
  8. 'He's a detail man, obsessively fastidious to the point that he still handles the steady-cam himself, to get those shots just right.'
  9. 'In its overall design and fastidious attention to detail, the table reflects the concept of presenting a useful, industrially produced object that is a work of art.'
  10. 'His appearance strikes me as unusual for a middle-aged man - overly fastidious and somehow too calculated.'
  11. 'the child seemed fastidious about getting her fingers dirty'
  12. 'When I started cleaning carpets, I realized early that my standards of cleaning weren't up to the level of some of the highly fastidious clients I was attracting.'
  13. 'He always loves to have everything very chic and polished and fastidious.'
  14. 'The mouse genome, it seems, is more fastidious with its housecleaning than the human.'


1. excessively particular, critical, or demanding; hard to please: a fastidious eater.

2. requiring or characterized by excessive care or delicacy; painstaking.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be fastidious in regards."

"people can be fastidious about hairs."

"basils can be fastidious in preparations."

"basils can be fastidious in pots."

"people can be fastidious."

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Late Middle English: from Latin fastidiosus, from fastidium ‘loathing’. The word originally meant ‘disagreeable’, later ‘disgusted’. Current senses date from the 17th century.