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He is fastidious in his grooming.
  giving careful attention to detail


excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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fastidious fastidiously fastidiousness
Word Mastery:  Use in place of "meticulous" when referring to cleanliness or when intended as a criticism.
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  • He is fastidious in his grooming.
  • She is fastidious about personal cleanliness.
  • Her father had been a fastidious man, impeccable, close-shaven, with razor-sharp creases pressed into his trousers.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Compared with the chaos of Cherry Hill, Northwood was a paradise of neat houses with fastidiously maintained lawns.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore

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  • No one ever saw her without the defensive shield of grooming, but she knew what was beneath the fastidiousness and gloss.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • He knew to watch the weather and to kill during an arc of light-to-heavy precipitation because that would rob the police of evidence. But he was not as fastidious as the police liked to think. He forgot...
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • He looked like a drawing from a men’s magazine, fastidiously groomed, a white handkerchief in the breast pocket of his dark suit.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Both, for example, were fastidious, very attentive to hygiene and the condition of their fingernails.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Your bed is neatly made—you have always been fastidious.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • He is fastidious about his clothing; their first argument had been over a sweater she’d shrunk in the washing machine.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake

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  • Xavier himself had a near-monopoly on fastidiousness in Lonesome Dove.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • There were still waterbirds taking their fastidious little steps in the saltwater, where mossy trees dipped down as if to drink.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • She meant ’facinating’, but as Grace didn’t know the exact meaning of either word, fastidious sounded well and made a good impression.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • She never had to search for anybody to eat with in the cafeteria—they flocked to the table of her choice, where she opened fastidious lunches, shaming our jelly-stained bread with egg-salad sandwiches cut into four dainty squares, pink-frosted cupcakes, sticks of celery and carrots, proud, dark apples.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • The fastidious dresser became a disheveled wreck who wandered the streets with musical instruments, slept in the woods and carved names into trees.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • But you must not expect me to adopt your inexplicable, fantastic, petulant, fastidious ways:
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Tjaden has become so fastidious that he only half smokes his cigars.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • How was it that a man so exact and fastidious could have made this error of a day?
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Magnus plucked the invitation out of her hand and looked at it with fastidious distaste.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • He coughed, put on his glasses, arranged them fastidiously, coughed again,
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • One was wearing a soccer uniform, shirt neatly tucked in, socks pulled up to her knees, in the fashion of a peewee soccer player who had been fastidiously dressed by her mother.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • He was kept well dressed, for St. Clare was fastidiously particular on this point.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Mrs. Linton eyed him with a droll expression — half angry, half laughing at his fastidiousness.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • All his life, Louie had been fastidious about cleanliness, so much so that in college he had kept Listerine in his car’s glove compartment so he could rinse his mouth after kissing girls.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • It was evident, from her figure and the perfumes she had about her, that she was young and fastidious in her tastes, but that was all.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Maxim, of all people, who was so fastidious.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • I fear me she is coquettish, and over nice and fastidious!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Only the most unprejudiced of men like Stubb, nowadays partake of cooked whales; but the Esquimaux are not so fastidious.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Whereas at first I gutted fish and peeled their skin fastidiously, soon I no more than rinsed off their slimy slipperiness before biting into them,
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • He swiftly lost the fastidiousness which had characterized his old life.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • She stood there, fastidiously groomed, wearing a...
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • You have been tutored and refined by books and retirement from the world, and you are therefore somewhat fastidious; but this only renders you the more fit to appreciate the extraordinary merits of this wonderful man.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Marriage, children—all had been sacrificed to the Great Agony and her home was a tribute to the fastidiousness of her dedication (and the generosity of her father’s will).
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • At length his accurate and fastidious eye seemed satisfied, and, throwing out his left arm on the barrel, he was slowly elevating the muzzle, when...
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • And he was really a very pleasing young man, a young man whom any woman not fastidious might like.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • ...her face, in which the most rigid critic could only have desired a little less rouge, and the most fastidious sculptor a little more fineness in the nose.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • He was a fastidious, precise man who ordinarily taught math but had been filling in for the regular art teacher.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • But there was such accumulated bitterness and contempt in the young man’s heart, that, in spite of all the fastidiousness of youth, he minded his rags least of all in the street.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Then he dried his steel-rimmed glasses on a towel and, because he was fastidious, got his surgical gown on.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • It was a dream fall, my body languid and fastidious as to where to land, until the floor became impatient and smashed up to meet me.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Cedric has always been fastidious about his person.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • He was so fastidious and prim about his place that a boy would go to a good deal of trouble to throw a dead cat into his back yard, or to dump a sackful of tin cans in his alley.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Fastidious Johnny had bought his own cup, emulating men who were in better circumstances.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • If the name of Hall’s business, Adventure Consultants, mirrored his methodical, fastidious approach to climbing, style, Mountain Madness was an even more accurate reflection of Scott’s personal style.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The appurtenances of the writing-tables, about which Alexey Alexandrovitch was himself very fastidious, were exceptionally good.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • She moved jauntily, stepping with outrageous fastidiousness amid the litter of the street,
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • He was not only the city’s oldest and most illustrious physician, he was also its most fastidious man.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • the fastidiousness of her taste, in the small limits of the society around them.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • Some fastidious persons ... affirmed that the bloody hand, as they chose to call it, quite destroyed the effect of Georgiana’s beauty, and rendered her countenance even hideous.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • And from now on Peyton—all of us—can’t afford to be so fastidious. We’ll flush the toilets only twice a day.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
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