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Below you will find the definition of fastidious, followed by 33 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - having complicated nutritional requirements; especially growing only in special artificial cultures
EXAMPLES - Fastidious in a Sentence
- My mother was fairly fastidious but not oppressively so. (source)
- Personally I'm not bothered, but others are more fastidious. (source)
- A fastidious constituent inspected a chicken at her butcher shop. (source)
- They are called fastidious and I think their problems have something to do with ASD. (source)
- 'I'm too fastidious,' Ms. Barton admits, but adds, 'If it isn't perfect it's not going to work.' (source)
- He stopped to wait for the prisoners to pass, his expression fastidious and filled with contempt. (source)
- Tanweer, a fastidious dresser, tooled around town in a red Mercedes that his father had given him. (source)
- It was bad enough for a clean, fastidious man; but for a young woman, a girl at that, it was awful. (source)
- But once you see the fangs they invoke awe and serve as a distinct contrast to his fastidious exterior. (source)
- Back to Charlotte, who keeps fastidious receipts, gives generously and volunteers frequently at her church. (source)
- However, I borrowed a suit from the skipper -- and he wasn't what you'd call fastidious in his dress either ---- " (source)
- More interested in the kind of fastidious mixology and speakeasy aura that's the vogue in lounges below 14th Street? (source)
- How about suggestions for preserving the American identity in the courts instead of a rush to curl the fastidious lip? (source)
- Ward had certain fastidious instincts, and he rebelled inwardly at eating, sleeping, and cooking all in one small room. (source)
- Normally fastidious about his attire, even when casually dressed, he looked a little disheveled in a wrinkled button-down shirt and jeans. (source)
- The most important elements in producing wine of quality is to have vines planted in the best places and to do fastidious work in the vineyards. (source)
- It's timeless, sleek, minimal, sharp, fastidious, uncompromised, free of any self-conscious quirk intended to offer insight into Holmes's character. (source)
- And they'd be especially outraged because the cops hadn't treated me with the kind of fastidious, hands-off politeness that they'd never expect from a retail clerk. (source)
- This was an interpretation of great violence as well as great beauty, played with a combination of high drama and fastidious detail by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. (source)
- When I wrote the story up for the Guardian, I felt that I couldn't include the line in the intro because it would look faintly ridiculous, but others were less fastidious. (source)
- Several brokers said it was unlikely that the Dakota's co-op board, known as one of the most fastidious and unpredictable in the city, would let a former staffer live in the building. (source)
- Deeply fastidious by nature, his behavior modified at all times by a certain discipline and sense of decorum, Paul could not help but marvel at the breathtaking spectacle Jane made of herself. (source)
- After 34 years, it's gotten a little grubby, so a specialist in conservation is giving it a fastidious cleaning requiring gentle but determined work with a calcium powder, cotton and toothpicks. (source)
- With Charles Sheeler, Demuth also founded Precisionism, those fastidious, flat, geometric portrayals of factories, grain elevators, towers and other facets of industrial America that also draw on Cubism. (source)
- Driving with almost surgical precision and fastidious attention to detail D*Face slickly amuses with Lichtenstein cells and flying knives, customized Warhol warping, and a mounted Hot Rod skull butterfly collection. (source)
- I was surprised to give the edge on this round to the American Pinot, but I suppose it's not that shocking; Calera has earned fame for more than three decades as one of the most fastidious adherents to Burgundian tradition. (source)
- When I noticed last winter that a person does not only get gray hair on her curtains, but that sooner or later it's bound to show up on her carpet, I did what any fastidious woman would do -- I consulted my girlfriends. var blogs_amount = 0; (source)
- Among Gilbert's finest characters is the fastidious Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty, who believes that "all sailors should dance hornpipes," and who advises would-be Sea Lords to "stick close to your desks, and never go to sea." (source)
- When the young Henry James reviewed the first - an early version of Song of Myself, Whitman would throw in foreign words and James, with a little bit of fastidious snobbery said, one must regret Mr. Whitman too extensive acquaintance with the foreign languages. (source)
- Ramsey was already dangerously distended, as an effect of the earlier part of her discourse, and the word "fastidious" almost exploded him; but upon the climax, "Dora Yocum," he blew up with a shattering report and, leaving fragments of incoherence ricocheting behind him, fled shuddering from the house. (source)
- Among the council's most powerful players, Graham wields influence that extends well beyond Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights and other Ward 1 neighborhoods in which he's a ubiquitous presence, cruising in his cream-colored Volkswagen convertible, fastidious in tortoise shell glasses, stylish suits and ever-present bowtie. (source)
- A Heyer heroine may be orphaned, of restricted means, thrust into a fake betrothal or threatened by a cruel guardian, but she always becomes all the rage at Almack's in London or the Bath Assembly Rooms and is favorably noticed by the fastidious Beau Brummell, who appears as early as Heyer's first romance, "Regency Buck," published in 1935. (source)
- Aware of their importance to herself, she carefully cherished, but never made them subjects of conversation, nor gave the world an opportunity of censuring what they would have termed her fastidious notions; her religious opinions were never obtruded upon slight acquaintance, and it was only her more particular friends who, beside her family, could form any judgment of her principles, save from her moral conduct. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 33 example sentences provided below is 51.0, which suggests that "fastidious" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 26 synonyms for fastidious.
captious, choosy, critical, dainty, demanding, difficult, discriminating, easily disgusted, exacting, finical, finicky, fussbudgety, fussy, hard to please, hypercritical, nice, nit-picky, overdelicate, overnice, particular, persnickety, picky, punctilious, queasy, squeamish, stickling
We have 7 antonyms for fastidious.
indifferent, indiscriminating, uncareful, uncouth, uncritical, undemanding, unfussy
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
Pronunciation: (fă-stĭdˈē-əs, fə-)
View up to 25 definitions of fastidious from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Possessing or displaying careful, meticulous attention to detail.
- (adjective) Difficult to please; exacting.
- (adjective) Excessively scrupulous or sensitive, especially in matters of taste or propriety. See Synonyms at meticulous.
- (adjective) Microbiology Having complicated nutritional requirements.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Excessively particular, demanding, or fussy about details, especially about tidiness and cleanliness.
- (adjective) Difficult to please; quick to find fault.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Difficult to please; delicate to a fault; suited with difficulty; squeamish
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) 1. Such as to cause disgust or loathing; loathsome.
- (None) Hard or difficult to please; squeamish; over-nice in selecting or discriminating; difficult to suit: as, a fastidious mind or taste.
- (None) Synonyms Nice, Dainty, etc. See nice.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) having complicated nutritional requirements; especially growing only in special artificial cultures
- (adjective) giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness