A fastidious person is extremely picky and demanding about details, and a fastidious thing requires lots of extremely detailed care (as if the thing itself is very picky and demanding).
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Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a fastidious employer.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "The employer was fastidious.”)
Fastidiously & fastidiousness.
("Fastidium" might sound like the right noun for this idea,
but it actually means "the unwillingness to eat, or a distaste for food.")
How to use it:
Talk about fastidious people ("the fastidious Carly," "a fastidious eater," "these fastidious factory workers,") fastidious personalities, or fastidious tasks or fastidious work ("a fastidious process," "fastidious writing," "fastidious architecture.")
You might have fastidious taste, a fastidious intellect, a fastidious vocabulary, fastidious cooking skills, a fastidious eye for fashion, a fastidious insistence on quality, and so on.
People can also be "fastidious about something," as in "This company is fastidious about safety."
As you probably realized, calling someone "fastidious" might be a critical thing to say, or it might be a compliment, depending on your tone. Saying how "she's so fastidious about every cent she spends" is probably a complaint, while saying "her art shows a fastidious attention to color" is a compliment.
Lastly, although you can say "fastidious detail" or "fastidious care," why not just say "precise detail" or "exacting care" instead?
I admit to being fastidious about how clothes are hung up in the closet. If things are facing the wrong way or smushed up too close together, I can't move on with my day until I fix it.
Everyone who works in the service industry has a story about some unbearably fastidious customer.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "fastidious" means when you can explain it without saying "fussy" or "perfectionist."
Think of someone you know who works with very careful attention to detail, and fill in the blanks: "(Person) works fastidiously, with minute attention to _____."
Example: "Chad grades his statistics students' papers fastidiously, with minute attention to identifying any missteps taken in applying the formulas."
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1. The opposite of FASTIDIOUS is
A. EASY TO FIND
B. EASY TO ASSEMBLE
C. EASY TO PLEASE
2. After our previous assistant _____, we're looking to hire someone a bit more fastidious.
A. "organized" the files into various haphazard piles
B. called in sick only to post selfies from the beach
C. sighed deeply whenever we asked him to do anything
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"Fastidious" shares a Latin root with "tedious," which explains why it almost looks like the word "tedious" is inside "fastidious." That root is taedium, meaning "irksomeness, weariness." The connection is clear: something tedious annoys you, and so does a fastidious person, because they both demand such exactness.