Synonyms for exacting:
fastidious, strict, stern.
imperious, onerous, burdensome, harsh, rigorous, careful, picky, oppressive, trying, stern, severe, persnickety, tough, fussy, strict, painstaking, rigid, weighty, difficult, hard, critical, precise, taxing, particular, exigent, hypercritical, stringent, finicky.
fussy, prim, flawless, epicurean, conscientious, dainty, careful, mincing, picky, delicate, rigorous, prudish, fastidious, punctilious, hypercritical, particular, meticulous, fussbudgety, scrupulous, choosy, literal, critical, finicky, diligent, demanding, precise, proper, Qualmish, priggish, discerning, persnickety, discriminating, methodical, squeamish, correct, severe, accurate, perspicacious.
dour, icy, bleak, demanding, severe, disciplined, unbending, relentless, correct, draconian, imperial, oppressive, sharp, spartan, censorious, lean, grim, ascetic, acrimonious, gruff, cutting, cool, abrupt, keen, short, crisp, brisk, blunt, stark, raw, obstinate, meticulous, stiff-necked, stringent, austere, authoritarian, intolerant, dry, frosty, piquant, chilly, stern, rigid, uncompromising, precise, critical, hidebound, harsh, curt, rigorous, intense, strait-laced, puritanical, acerbic, prudish, strict, obdurate, hard, spare, astringent, fundamental, acute, basic, caustic, inflexible, tart, brusque.
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Usage examples for exacting:
- She was on the point of asking him whether it were not a compensation for this annoyance that the poor girl who had the misfortune to bring it upon him, loved him so dearly and believed in him so truly; but she hesitated, thinking that this would perhaps seem an exacting speech, and while she hesitated, he suddenly left her. - "Washington Square", Henry James.
- It was a picturesque frame for a picturesque figure in white, and a kindly consideration for Senator North's highly trained and exacting eye kept her immovable for nearly five minutes. - "Senator North", Gertrude Atherton.