- fastidious or carefully affected refinement, as in language, style, or taste.
Origin of preciosity
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Examples from the Web for preciosity
Walter Pater's essay on Style is honeycombed with involutions and preciosity.Unicorns
Lockhart hated all affectation and “preciosity,” of which the new book was not destitute.Alfred Tennyson
The character of pedantry and preciosity which the Htel afterwards incurred, is not to be traced in any of its original features.
But, in reacting everywhere against vulgar roughness, the very excess of his effort landed him at last in preciosity.
Their aim in preciosity would seem to be to keep themselves unspotted from the world.The Author's Craft
- fastidiousness or affectation, esp in speech or manners
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