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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  • Preciousness — Pre cious*ness, n. The quality or state of being precious; costliness; dearness. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • preciousness — index bombast Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • preciousness — precious ► ADJECTIVE 1) having great value. 2) greatly loved or treasured. 3) ironic considerable: a precious lot you know! 4) derogatory affectedly concerned with elegant or refined language or manners. ● precious little (or few) Cf. ↑precious… …   English terms dictionary

  • preciousness — noun see precious I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • preciousness — See preciously. * * * …   Universalium

  • preciousness — noun The condition of being precious; costliness …   Wiktionary

  • preciousness — pre·cious·ness || preʃəsnɪs n. expensiveness; pricelessness, being of an extremely high value; extreme fastidiousness, excessive fussiness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • preciousness — pre·cious·ness …   English syllables

  • preciousness — UK [ˈpreʃəsnəs] / US noun [uncountable] a way of speaking that does not sound natural because the person speaking is trying too hard to sound perfect …   English dictionary

  • preciousness — noun 1. the quality possessed by something with a great price or value • Syn: ↑costliness, ↑dearness • Derivationally related forms: ↑precious, ↑dear (for: ↑dearness), ↑costly …   Useful english dictionary

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