Definition of Preciosity

1. Noun. The quality of being fastidious or excessively refined.

Exact synonyms: Preciousness
Generic synonyms: Affectedness
Derivative terms: Precious, Precious



Definition of Preciosity

1. n. Preciousness; something precious.

2. n. Fastidious refinement, esp. in language; specif., the affected purism and sententiousness characteristic of the French précieuses of the 17th century.

Definition of Preciosity

1. Noun. A state or condition of overemphasizing detail, especially of pronunciation when speaking. ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete) Something precious. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Preciosity

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Preciosity

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precinct committeemen
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preciosity (current term)
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Literary usage of Preciosity

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1. The Yellow Book (1897)
"Concerning preciosity I By John M. Robertson IT is permitted in these days to have doubts on all matters ; and as French critics (following the German) have ..."

2. Their Day in Court by Percival Pollard (1909)
"This masquerade has not always been called so; preciosity has been the more ... preciosity! One sees the clumsy weapons of the average American reviewer ..."

3. A History of French Literature by Charles Henry Conrad Wright (1912)
"In English a "precious stone" is very different from a "precious rascal," and the very word "precious" was dear to the modern representatives of preciosity, ..."

4. A History of French Literature by Charles Henry Conrad Wright (1912)
"In English a "precious stone" is very different from a "precious rascal," and the very word "precious" was dear to the modern representatives of preciosity, ..."

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