preciosity

[ presh-ee-os-i-tee ]
/ ˌprɛʃ iˈɒs ɪ ti /

noun, plural pre·ci·os·i·ties.

fastidious or carefully affected refinement, as in language, style, or taste.

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Origin of preciosity

1350–1400; Middle English preciousite<Middle French preciosite<Latin pretiōsitās.See precious, -ity
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British Dictionary definitions for preciosity

preciosity
/ (ˌprɛʃɪˈɒsɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

fastidiousness or affectation, esp in speech or manners
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