fas·tid·i·ous /fæˈstɪdiəs, fə-/
fas·tid·i·ous /fæˈstɪdɪəs, fə-/ 形容詞
Fas·tid·i·ous a. 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.
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: 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]