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Saturday, July 02, 2016

Definitions for punctilio

  1. strictness or exactness in the observance of formalities or amenities.
  2. a fine point, particular, or detail, as of conduct, ceremony, or procedure.

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Citations for punctilio
Overstrained etiquette at last gave way. It is not known who first overstepped the bounds of punctilio; but the consequences were immediate. O. Henry, "Past One at Rooney's," Strictly Business, 1910
The preliminaries had been conducted with proper punctilio. The young people were betrothed without seeing each other, and the time was appointed for the marriage ceremony. Washington Irving, "The Spectre Bridegroom," The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., 1819
Origin of punctilio
Punctilio is an alteration of the Italian puntiglio, which, in turn, derives from the Latin pūnctum meaning "point." It entered English in the late 1500s.
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