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n. pl. ni·ce·ties
1. The quality of showing or requiring careful, precise treatment: the nicety of a diplomatic exchange.
2. Delicacy of character or feeling; fastidiousness; scrupulousness.
3. A fine point, small detail, or subtle distinction: the niceties of etiquette.
4. An elegant or refined feature; an amenity: the niceties of civilized life.

[Middle English nicete, silliness, exactitude, from Old French, silliness, from nice, silly; see nice.]
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[ˈnaɪsətiz] npl (= fine points) → subtilités fpl
the niceties of sth → les subtilités de qch
social niceties → mondanités
He wasted no time with social niceties → Il ne perdait pas de temps avec les mondanités.
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There were subjects, you perceive, on which Tom was much quicker than on the niceties of classical construction, or the relations of a mathematical demonstration.
They perplex their judgments by a most undue attention to little niceties of personal appearance, habits, disposition, and other trifles which concern nobody but the lady herself.
judge, don't expect excessive praise or half-hearted niceties from her.
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