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Meaning of PRECIOSITY

Pronunciation:  `preshee'√Ęsitee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  the quality of being fastidious or excessively refined
 

PRECIOSITY is a 10 letter word that starts with P.

 

 See Also: affectedness

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Pre`ci*os"i*ty\, n.; pl. {-ties}. [F.
    pr['e]ciosit['e], OF. also precieuset['e].]
    Fastidious refinement, esp. in language; specif., the
    affected purism and sententiousness characteristic of the
    French pr['e]cieuses of the 17th century.
    
          He had the fastidiousness, the preciosity, the love of
          archaisms, of your true decadent.        --L. Douglas.
    
    
  2. \Pre`ci*os"i*ty\, n.
    Preciousness; something precious. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne.
    
    
 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: affectation, affectedness, artfulness, artifice, artificiality, ceremonialism, elegance, euphemism, euphuism, exquisiteness, formalism, formality, Gongorism, goody-goodness, goody-goodyism, hyperelegance, legalism, manneredness, mannerism, overelaboration, overelegance, overniceness, overpreciseness, overrefinement, pedantism, pedantry, preciousness, preciseness, precisianism, pretentiousness, punctilio, punctiliousness, purism, ritualism, scrupulousness, unnaturalness
 

 

 

 

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