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pre·ci·os·i·ty

 (prĕsh′ē-ŏs′ĭ-tē, prĕs′-)
n. pl. pre·ci·os·i·ties
1. Overrefinement, as in language, taste, or style.
2. An instance of overrefinement.

[Middle English preciousite, preciousness, from Old French preciosite, from Latin pretiōsitās, from pretiōsus, precious, from pretium, price; see precious.]

preciosity

(ˌprɛʃɪˈɒsɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
fastidiousness or affectation, esp in speech or manners

pre•ci•os•i•ty

(ˌprɛʃ iˈɒs ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
fastidious or carefully affected refinement, as in language or style.
[1350–1400; < Middle French < Latin]

preciosity

excessive fastidiousness or over-refinement in language or behavior.
See also: Behavior, Language
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.preciosity - the quality of being fastidious or excessively refined
affectedness - the quality of being false or artificial (as to impress others)
Translations

preciosity

[ˌpresɪˈɒsɪtɪ] N (frm) → preciosidad f

preciosity

nPretiosität f, → Preziosität f
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