a delicate or fine point; punctilio: niceties of protocol.
a fine distinction; subtlety; detail: the niceties of the filigree work.
Usually niceties . a refined, elegant, or choice feature, as of manner or living: working hard to acquire the niceties of life.
exactness or precision.
the quality of being nice; niceness.
delicacy of character, as of something requiring care or tact: a matter of considerable nicety.
- o·ver·ni·ce·ty, noun, plural o·ver·ni·ce·ties.
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How to use nicety in a sentence
Exterior niceties are just as impressive, such as the anti-spin device to ensure the “RR” logo remains upright on each wheel cap at all times.
Executives and analysts say such niceties are carrots to pandemic-weary consumers.Far from Fifth Avenue: Luxury brands flock to suburbs and vacation hot spots where the rich are riding out the pandemic | Abha Bhattarai | September 10, 2021 | Washington Post
Which is just as well, considering that her near-autobiographical Netflix comedy-drama The Duchess makes clear that this “bad mama” couldn’t care less about niceties.
Political memoirs are supposed to be graced with sufficient niceties and vagaries that make voters buy the brand.
When I question him about these habits, he tells me that there is no need to display any niceties, as it is only the two of us.Miss Manners: Husband’s rude eating habits driving wife up the wall | Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin, Jacobina Martin | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
The door would not open; built with air-tight nicety, it did not budge in the least.The Girl and The Bill | Bannister Merwin
He knew the balance and the temper of the home-made article to a nicety, especially that made by Mklemba.Forging the Blades | Bertram Mitford
In short, good Manners are introduc'd and observ'd in those Troops to such a nicety, that you would wonder at it.The Memoirs of Charles-Lewis, Baron de Pollnitz, Volume I | Karl Ludwig von Pllnitz
And they all look the better, for being ranged with wonderful nicety in Cases of Crystal.The Memoirs of Charles-Lewis, Baron de Pollnitz, Volume I | Karl Ludwig von Pllnitz
Mohammed, in fact, judged the capacity and characteristics of his countrymen to a nicety.Islam Her Moral And Spiritual Value | Arthur Glyn Leonard
British Dictionary definitions for nicety
a subtle point of delicacy or distinction: a nicety of etiquette
(usually plural) a refinement or delicacy: the niceties of first-class travel
subtlety, delicacy, or precision
excessive refinement; fastidiousness
to a nicety with precision
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