preciosity

[presh-ee-os-i-tee]
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noun, plural pre·ci·os·i·ties.

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

Nearby words

  1. precession,
  2. precession of the equinoxes,
  3. precieuse,
  4. precinct,
  5. precincts,
  6. precious,
  7. precious coral,
  8. precious few,
  9. precious metal,
  10. precious moonstone

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

noun plural -ties

fastidiousness or affectation, esp in speech or manners
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