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Sep 11, 2012
This week's theme
Words to describe people

This week's words
munificent
fastidious
impeccable
imperious
rapacious

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fastidious

PRONUNCIATION:
(fa-STID-ee-uhs)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Hard to please; exacting.
2. Meticulous.
3. Excessively concerned about cleanliness, propriety, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin fastidium (disgust). Earliest documented use: 1531.

USAGE:
"His reported conduct suggests a fastidious man of refined manners ... In his extravagant generosity and the lavishness of his hospitality, it seems almost as if he sought to outclass the most munificent of Arabs."
Julia Ashtiany, et al; Abbasid Belles Lettres; Cambridge University Press; 1990.

See more usage examples of fastidious in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
We establish no religion in this country. We command no worship. We mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are and must remain separate. -Ronald Reagan, 40th US President (1911-2004)

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