preciousness


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pre·cious

 (prĕsh′əs)
adj.
1. Of high cost or worth; valuable: precious jewels.
2. Highly esteemed; cherished: precious moments with the new baby.
3. Dear; beloved: a friend who is precious to me.
4. Affectedly dainty or overrefined: precious mannerisms.
5. Informal Thoroughgoing; unmitigated: a precious mess.
n.
One who is dear or beloved; a darling.
adv.
Used as an intensive: "He had precious little right to complain" (James Agee).

[Middle English, from Old French precios, from Latin pretiōsus, from pretium, price; see per- in Indo-European roots.]

pre′cious·ly adv.
pre′cious·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.preciousness - the quality possessed by something with a great price or value
expensiveness - the quality of being high-priced
2.preciousness - the positive quality of being precious and beyond valuepreciousness - the positive quality of being precious and beyond value
value - the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable; "the Shakespearean Shylock is of dubious value in the modern world"
gold - something likened to the metal in brightness or preciousness or superiority etc.; "the child was as good as gold"; "she has a heart of gold"
3.preciousness - the quality of being fastidious or excessively refined
affectedness - the quality of being false or artificial (as to impress others)
References in classic literature ?
Of course the main preciousness of this piece lies in its color; it is that old sensuous, pervading, ramifying, interpolating, transboreal blue which is the despair of modern art.
Here palms, alpacas, and volcanoes; sun's disks and stars; ecliptics, horns-of-plenty, and rich banners waving, are in luxuriant profusion stamped; so that the precious gold seems almost to derive an added preciousness and enhancing glories, by passing through those fancy mints, so Spanishly poetic.
Mellow it was with preciousness of all sounding metals.
Often the soul is ripened into fuller goodness while age has spread an ugly film, so that mere glances can never divine the preciousness of the fruit.
He handled the sack lovingly, and with due appreciation of its preciousness carried it out to his sled.
Cullinan is a motor-car of such clarity of purpose, such flawless quality and preciousness, and such presence that it recalibrates the scale and possibility of true luxury.
Cullinan is a motor car of such clarity of purpose, such flawless quality and preciousness, and such presence that it recalibrates the scale and possibility of true luxury.
Omar wrote that the news of his death 'made my heart stop for a second, shook me up and made me come right back to reality, the reality of the fragility and preciousness of life.
The Piaget rose brings together the language of flowers with the irresistible preciousness of gold and diamond jewellery, an alluring pairing to fall in love with over and over again.
The weekend will culminate in Rita's 'awakening' at 10 o'clock this evening, with a requiem in St James Gardens on the preciousness of time and the ultimate examination of time keeping by meter maids.
Bulgari exalts the facets of a loving lifetime in the singular preciousness of its jewelry: Marry Me.
Yet, equally, it's a statement that undermines the preciousness and prestige of something so messily abundant.