preciosity, preciousness
Preciosity is now virtually restricted to the meaning ‘over-refinement in art or language, especially in the choice of words’, leaving preciousness as the noun corresponding to the general meanings of precious.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Preciosity — Pre ci*os i*ty, n.; pl. { ties}. [F. pr[ e]ciosit[ e], OF. also precieuset[ e].] Fastidious refinement, esp. in language; specif., the affected purism and sententiousness characteristic of the French pr[ e]cieuses of the 17th century. He had the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Preciosity — Pre ci*os i*ty, n. Preciousness; something precious. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • preciosity — [presh΄ē äs′ə tē, pres΄ēäs′ə tē] n. pl. preciosities [ME preciousite < MFr preciosité < L pretiositas < pretiosus: see PRECIOUS] great fastidiousness, overrefinement, or affectation, esp. in language …   English World dictionary

  • preciosity — noun (plural ties) Date: 1866 1. fastidious refinement 2. an instance of preciosity …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • preciosity — /presh ee os i tee/, n., pl. preciosities. fastidious or carefully affected refinement, as in language, style, or taste. [1350 1400; ME preciousite < MF preciosite < L pretiositas. See PRECIOUS, ITY] * * * ▪ literature French  Préciosité,  … …   Universalium

  • preciosity — noun A state or condition of overemphasizing detail, especially of pronunciation when speaking. Syn: fastidiousness See Also: precise, precision …   Wiktionary

  • preciosity — Synonyms and related words: Gongorism, affectation, affectedness, artfulness, artifice, artificiality, ceremonialism, elegance, euphemism, euphuism, exquisiteness, formalism, formality, goody goodness, goody goodyism, hyperelegance, legalism,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • preciosity — pre|ci|os|i|ty [ ,preʃi asəti ] noun uncount MAINLY LITERARY too much emphasis on style or detail in language or writing …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • preciosity — pre·ci·os·i·ty || ‚preʃɪ É‘sÉ™tɪ / É’s n. meticulousness, stringency; affectedness, overrefinement; excessive fastidiousness, extreme fussiness …   English contemporary dictionary

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