fastidious or carefully affected refinement, as in language, style, or taste.
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How to use preciosity in a sentence
But what exasperated Punch most of all was the decadent preciosity of the irregulars who espoused the cause of the New Womanhood.Mr. Punch's History of Modern England Vol. IV of IV. | Charles L. Graves
His dramatic works, though effective on the stage, are disfigured by extravagant incidents and preciosity of diction.
Lockhart hated all affectation and “preciosity,” of which the new book was not destitute.Alfred Tennyson | Andrew Lang
It is only that, in seeking to compensate himself for his infecundity, he has fallen into the deep sea of preciosity.Musical Portraits | Paul Rosenfeld
preciosity and artificiality reach their height in Arnaut's poems, which are, for that reason, excessively difficult.The Troubadours | H.J. Chaytor
British Dictionary definitions for preciosity
fastidiousness or affectation, esp in speech or manners
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