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Adjective exacting has 3 senses

  • exacting(a = adj.all) fastidious - having complicated nutritional requirements; especially growing only in special artificial cultures; "fastidious microorganisms"; "certain highly specialized xerophytes are extremely exacting in their requirements"
  • exacting(s = adj.all) stern, strict - severe and unremitting in making demands; "an exacting instructor"; "a stern disciplinarian"; "strict standards"
  • exacting(s = adj.all) exigent - requiring precise accuracy; "an exacting job"; "became more exigent over his pronunciation"


     Oppressive or unreasonably severe in making demands or requiring the exact fulfillment of obligations; harsh; severe.  [1913 Webster]


exacting, adj.
1 making great demands.
2 calling for much effort.

exactingly adv. exactingness n.



Herculean, Spartan, Spartanic, abstruse, accurate, arduous, arousing, astringent, attentive, austere, authoritarian, brutal, burdensome, censorious, choicy, choosy, clamant, clamorous, close, complex, conscientious, correct, critical, crying, cutthroat, delicate, demanding, detailed, difficile, difficult, discriminating, discriminative, dour, draining, educible, eductive, elicitory, eradicative, evocative, exact, exactive, excessive, exigent, exorbitant, exquisite, extortionary, extortionate, extortive, extractive, extravagant, fancy, fastidious, fine, finical, finicking, finicky, formidable, fussy, gouging, grasping, grievous, grim, grossly overpriced, hairy, hard, hard-earned, hard-fought, harsh, hypercritical, immoderate, imperative, importunate, inflationary, inordinate, insistent, instant, intricate, jawbreaking, knotted, knotty, laborious, loud, mean, meticulous, minute, narrow, nice, no picnic, not easy, operose, oppressive, out of bounds, out of sight, outrageous, overpriced, particular, perfectionistic, persistent, pertinacious, picky, precise, precisianistic, precisionistic, preposterous, pressing, priggish, prohibitive, prudish, punctilious, punctual, puristic, puritanic, refined, religious, rigid, rigorous, rough, rugged, scrupulous, scrutinizing, selective, sensitive, set with thorns, severe, skyrocketing, spiny, spiraling, steep, stern, strenuous, strict, stringent, subtle, taxing, thorny, ticklish, toilsome, tough, tricky, trying, tyrannical, unconscionable, undue, unreasonable, unsparing, unwarranted, uphill, uprooting, urgent, usurious, weighty, wicked




N severity, strictness, harshness, rigor, stringency, austerity, inclemency, arrogance, precisianism, arbitrary power, absolutism, despotism, dictatorship, autocracy, tyranny, domineering, oppression, assumption, usurpation, inquisition, reign of terror, martial law, iron heel, iron rule, iron hand, iron sway, tight grasp, brute force, brute strength, coercion, strong hand, tight hand, hard lines, hard measure, tender mercies, sharp practice, pipe-clay, officialism, tyrant, disciplinarian, precisian, martinet, stickler, bashaw, despot, hard master, Draco, oppressor, inquisitor, extortioner, harpy, vulture, accipitres, birds of prey, raptorials, raptors, severe, strict, hard, harsh, dour, rigid, stiff, stern, rigorous, uncompromising, exacting, exigent, exigeant, inexorable, inflexible, obdurate, austere, hard-headed, hard-nosed, hard-shell, relentless, Spartan, Draconian, stringent, strait-laced, searching, unsparing, iron-handed, peremptory, absolute, positive, arbitrary, imperative, coercive, tyrannical, extortionate, grinding, withering, oppressive, inquisitorial, inclement, cruel, haughty, arrogant, precisian, severely, with a high hand, with a strong hand, with a tight hand, with a heavy hand, at the point of the sword, at the point of the bayonet, Delirant reges plectuntur Achivi, manu forti, ogni debole ha sempre il suo tiranno.


N greed, covetousness, ravenousness, venality, avidity, cupidity, acquisitiveness (acquisition), desire, greed, greediness, avarice, avidity, rapacity, extortion, selfishness, auri sacra fames, grasping, craving, canine appetite, rapacity, greedy, avaricious, covetous, acquisitive, grasping, rapacious, lickerish, greedy as a hog, overeager, voracious, ravenous, ravenous as a wolf, openmouthed, extortionate, exacting, sordid, alieni appetens, insatiable, insatiate, unquenchable, quenchless, omnivorous.


N discontent, discontentment, dissatisfaction, dissent, disappointment, mortification, cold comfort, regret, repining, taking on, heart-burning, heart-grief, querulousness, hypercriticism, inquietude, vexation of spirit, soreness, worry, concern, fear, malcontent, grumbler, growler, croaker, dissident, dissenter, laudator temporis acti, censurer, complainer, fault-finder, murmerer, cave of Adullam, indignation meeting, winter of our discontent, with what I most enjoy contented least, discontented, dissatisfied, unsatisfied, ungratified, dissident, dissentient, malcontent, malcontented, exigent, exacting, hypercritical, repining, regretful, down in the mouth, in high dudgeon, in a fume, in the sulks, in the dumps, in bad humor, glum, sulky, sour as a crab, soured, sore, out of humor, out of temper, disappointing, unsatisfactory, frustrated (failure), Int, so much the worse!, that won't do, that will never do, it will never do, curtae nescio quid semper abest rei, ne Jupiter Quidem omnibus placet, poor in abundance, famished at a feast.


N fastidiousness, nicety, hypercriticism, difficulty in being pleased, friandise, epicurism, omnia suspendens naso, epicure, gourmet, prudery, fastidious, nice, delicate, delicat, finical, finicky, demanding, meticulous, exacting, strict, anal, difficult, dainty, lickerish, squeamish, thin-skinned, squeasy, queasy, hard to please, difficult to please, querulous, particular, straitlaced, scrupulous, censorious, hypercritical, overcritical, noli me tangere.

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