over-fastidious

fastidious

[fa-stid-ee-uhs, fuh-]
adjective
1.
excessively particular, critical, or demanding; hard to please: a fastidious eater.
2.
requiring or characterized by excessive care or delicacy; painstaking.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin fastīdiōsus squeamish, equivalent to fastīdi(um) lack of appetite, disgust, perhaps by syncope of *fastutīdium (fastu-, combining form of fastus pride, conceit + -tīdium combining form of taedium tedium) + -ōsus -ous

fastidiously, adverb
fastidiousness, noun
hyperfastidious, adjective
hyperfastidiously, adverb
hyperfastidiousness, noun
nonfastidious, adjective
nonfastidiously, adverb
nonfastidiousness, noun
overfastidious, adjective
overfastidiously, adverb
overfastidiousness, noun
ultrafastidious, adjective
ultrafastidiously, adverb
ultrafastidiousness, noun
unfastidious, adjective
unfastidiously, adverb
unfastidiousness, noun


1. See particular.
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fastidious (fæˈstɪdɪəs)
 
adj
1.  very critical; hard to please
2.  excessively particular about details
3.  exceedingly delicate; easily disgusted
 
[C15: from Latin fastīdiōsus scornful, from fastīdium loathing, from fastus pride + taedium weariness]
 
fas'tidiously
 
adv
 
fas'tidiousness
 
n

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fastidious
mid-15c., "full of pride," from L. fastidiosus "disdainful, squeamish, exacting," from fastidium "loathing," most likely from *fastu-taidiom, a compound of fastus "contempt, arrogance" and tædium "aversion, disgust." Early use in Eng. was in both passive and active senses. Meaning "squeamish, over-nice"
emerged in English 1610s. Related: Fastidiously; fastidiousness.
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fastidious fas·tid·i·ous (fā-stĭd'ē-əs, fə-)
adj.

  1. Possessing or displaying careful, meticulous attention to detail.

  2. Difficult to please; exacting.

  3. Having complex nutritional requirements. Used of microorganisms.

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