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 for fastidious
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fastidious \Fas*tid"i*ous\, a. [L. fastidiosus disdainful, fr.
     fastidium loathing, aversion, perh. fr. fastus arrogance (of
     uncertain origin) + taedium loathing. Cf. Tedious, Fash.]
     Difficult to please; delicate to a fault; suited with
     difficulty; squeamish; as, a fastidious mind or ear; a
     fastidious appetite.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           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.
            Fastigiate

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  fastidious
      adj 1: giving 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: fastidious,
         exacting] [ant: unfastidious]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  99 Moby Thesaurus words for "fastidious":
     accurate, appreciative, bleached, bright, careful, censorious,
     choicy, choosy, civilized, clean, cleanly, conscientious, critical,
     cultivated, cultured, dainty, delicate, differential, difficult,
     dirt-free, discriminate, discriminating, discriminative,
     distinctive, distinguishing, elegant, exact, exacting, fair, fine,
     finical, finicky, fresh, fussy, graceful, gracile, gracious,
     hypercritical, immaculate, kosher, meticulous, nice, nit-picking,
     nonpolluted, of cleanly habits, overconscientious, overscrupulous,
     particular, perfectionistic, picky, polished, precise,
     precisianistic, priggish, prudish, punctilious, punctual, pure,
     puristic, puritanic, refined, religious, ritually pure, scrupulous,
     selective, sensitive, shiny, smut-free, smutless, sophisticated,
     spotless, squeamish, stainless, strict, subtle, sweet, tactful,
     tahar, tender-conscienced, tubbed, unadulterated, unbesmirched,
     unblemished, unblotted, undefiled, unmuddied, unpolluted,
     unsmirched, unsmudged, unsoiled, unspotted, unstained, unsullied,
     untainted, untarnished, well-scrubbed, well-washed, white,
     whitened
  
  

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