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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.
One who is dear or beloved; a darling.
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)
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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.
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.
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.
Mellow it was with preciousness of all sounding metals.
We have forgotten the preciousness of life," he said.
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Carving shapes and then breaking part of them away and leaving the jagged surface is a labor-intensive process akin to "an act of rebellion against the preciousness of the object.
Does anyone want her to get married to the person who robbed her of the preciousness of enjoying life and turned her into a lifeless body?
Neither are the poems political rants nor romanticized odes to nature, although her compassion reaches out to all, acknowledging the preciousness, uncertainty and brevity of life.
Regarding this, the crown prince said: "I hope this year will be an opportunity to take the preciousness of peace to heart and renew our determination to pursue peace.
Algotherm chose as decoration the innovative "Glass Enhancer," a unique technology that allows bottle inner lacquering, by putting an accent on glass beauty and preciousness.