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precisian

[pri-sizh-uh n]
noun
  1. a person who adheres punctiliously to the observance of rules or forms, especially in matters of religion.
  2. one of the English Puritans of the 16th and 17th centuries.
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Origin of precisian

First recorded in 1565–75; precise + -ian
Related formspre·ci·sian·ism, noun
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Historical Examples of precisian

  • But do not be too much of a precisian, or you will paralyze me.

    Cratylus

    Plato

  • Puritan in religion, she was precisian in morals; but in both she was sincere.

    Tancred

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • The precisian, they say, disapproved of Danton's lax and heedless courses.

  • The form-master of the Upper Remove happened to be a precisian in English.

    The Hill

    Horace Annesley Vachell

  • He had precisian leanings, and so had the clerk o' the council.

    A Gentleman Player

    Robert Neilson Stephens


British Dictionary definitions for precisian

precisian

noun
  1. a punctilious observer of rules or forms, esp in the field of religion
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Derived Formsprecisianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for precisian

n.

"one devoted to precision," 1570s, from precise + -ian on model of Christian, etc.

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