exacting vs fastidious what difference

what is difference between exacting and fastidious

English

Etymology

exact +‎ -ing

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɪɡˈzæktɪŋ/
  • Rhymes: -æktɪŋ
  • Hyphenation: ex‧act‧ing

Adjective

exacting (comparative more exacting, superlative most exacting)

  1. Making excessive demands; difficult to satisfy.
  2. (of an action, task, etc) Requiring precise accuracy, great care, effort, or attention.
  3. (of a person or organization) Characterized by exaction.

Synonyms

  • (difficult to satisfy): demanding
  • (requiring precise accuracy, effort, care, or attention): demanding, niggly, pernickety
  • (characterized by exaction): acquisitive, extortionate, grasping, money-grubbing, rapacious

Translations

Verb

exacting

  1. present participle and gerund of exact

Derived terms

  • exactingly
  • exactingness

See also

  • Thesaurus:fastidious
  • Thesaurus:meticulous


English

Etymology

From Latin fastīdiōsus (passive: that feels disgust, disdainful, scornful, fastidious; active: that causes disgust, disgusting, loathsome), from fastīdium (a loathing, aversion, disgust, niceness of taste, daintiness, etc.), perhaps for *fastutidium, from fastus (disdain, haughtiness, arrogance, disgust) + taedium (disgust). Cf. French fastidieux.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fæˈstɪdi.əs/, /fəˈstɪdi.əs/

Adjective

fastidious (comparative more fastidious, superlative most fastidious)

  1. Excessively particular, demanding, or fussy about details, especially about tidiness and cleanliness.
    Synonyms: exacting, fussy, meticulous, niggly, pernickety; see also Thesaurus:fastidious
  2. Overly concerned about tidiness and cleanliness.
  3. Difficult to please; quick to find fault.

Derived terms

  • fastidiously
  • fastidiousness

Translations

See also

  • finicky

Further reading

  • fastidious in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • fastidious in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • fastidious at OneLook Dictionary Search

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