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adj. nic·er, nic·est
1. Pleasing and agreeable in nature: had a nice time; a nice person.
2. Having a pleasant or attractive appearance: a nice dress; a nice face.
3. Exhibiting courtesy and politeness: a nice gesture.
4. Of good character and reputation; respectable.
5. Overdelicate or fastidious; fussy.
6. Showing or requiring great precision or sensitive discernment; subtle: a nice distinction; a nice sense of style.
7. Done with delicacy and skill: a nice bit of craft.
8. Used as an intensive with and: nice and warm.
a. Wanton; profligate: "For when mine hours / Were nice and lucky, men did ransom lives / Of me for jests" (Shakespeare).
b. Affectedly modest; coy: "Ere ... / The nice Morn on th' Indian steep, / From her cabin'd loop-hole peep" (John Milton).
[Middle English, foolish, from Old French, from Latin nescius, ignorant, from nescīre, to be ignorant; see nescience.]
A city of southeast France on the Mediterranean Sea northeast of Cannes. Controlled by various royal houses after the 1200s, the city was finally ceded to France in 1860. It is the leading resort city of the French Riviera.
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|Noun||1.||niceness - a courteous manner that respects accepted social usage|
|2.||niceness - the quality of nice|
pleasantness, sweetness - the quality of giving pleasure; "he was charmed by the sweetness of her manner"; "the pleasantness of a cool breeze on a hot summer day"
nastiness - the quality of being unpleasant; "I flinched at the nastiness of his wound"
|3.||niceness - the quality of being difficult to detect or analyze; "you had to admire the subtlety of the distinctions he drew"|