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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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n, pl -ties
1. a subtle point of delicacy or distinction: a nicety of etiquette.
2. (usually plural) a refinement or delicacy: the niceties of first-class travel.
3. subtlety, delicacy, or precision
4. excessive refinement; fastidiousness
5. to a nicety with precision
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(ˈnaɪ sɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. a delicate or fine point; subtlety: the niceties of protocol.
2. exactness or preciseness, as in workmanship; detail.
3. Usu., niceties. refined or fine things or manners: the niceties of life.
4. the quality of being nice; niceness.
5. delicacy; care or tact: a matter of considerable nicety.
[1275–1325; Middle English: silliness, extravagance, cleverness < Old French niceté. See nice, -ty2]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
nice, nicety - Nice first meant "foolish, ignorant," derived from Latin nescius, "ignorant"; nicety first meant "stupidity."
See also related terms for ignorant.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nicety - conformity with some esthetic standard of correctness or propriety; "it was performed with justness and beauty"
conformance, conformity - correspondence in form or appearance
2.nicety - a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude; "without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor"; "don't argue about shades of meaning"
meaning, signification, import, significance - the message that is intended or expressed or signified; "what is the meaning of this sentence"; "the significance of a red traffic light"; "the signification of Chinese characters"; "the import of his announcement was ambiguous"
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noun fine point, distinction, subtlety, nuance, refinement, minutiae We have dealt with all the legal niceties.
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smáatriîi, nákvæmnisatriîi
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[ˈnaɪsɪtɪ] Nsutileza f
nicetiesdetalles mpl, sutilezas fpl
legal nicetiespormenores mpl legales
she went through the social nicetiesrealizó las formalidades or los cumplidos de rigor
to judge sth to a nicetyjuzgar algo con precisión or al detalle
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(= subtlety)Feinheit f; (of judgement)Schärfe f; (= precision)(peinliche) Genauigkeit; to a nicetyäußerst or sehr genau
niceties plFeinheiten pl, → Details pl
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[ˈnaɪsɪtɪ] n (of judgment) → accuratezza niceties nplparticolari mpl, finezze fpl
a question of some nicety → una questione piuttosto delicata
to a nicety → alla perfezione
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(nais) adjective
1. pleasant; agreeable. nice weather; a nice person.
2. used jokingly. We're in a nice mess now.
3. exact; precise. a nice sense of timing.
ˈnicely adverb
nicety (ˈnaisəti) plural ˈniceties noun
a precise or delicate detail.
to a nicety
exactly. He judged the distance to a nicety.
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References in classic literature ?
I am excessively provoked, however, at the parade of propriety which prevented Miss Summers from keeping the girl; and it seems so extraordinary a piece of nicety, considering my daughter's family connections, that I can only suppose the lady to be governed by the fear of never getting her money.
A charming old Italian writer has laid down the canons of perfect feminine beauty with much nicety in a delicious discourse, which, as he delivered it in a sixteenth- century Florentine garden to an audience of beautiful and noble ladies, an audience not too large to be intimate and not too small to be embarrassing, it was his delightful good fortune and privilege to illustrate by pretty and sly references to the characteristic beauties of the several ladies seated like a ring of roses around him.
Tim's head being powdered like a twelfth cake, and his spectacles copied with great nicety, strangers detected a close resemblance to him at the first glance, and this leading them to suspect that the other must be his wife, and emboldening them to say so without scruple, Mrs Linkinwater grew very proud of these achievements in time, and considered them among the most successful likenesses she had ever painted.
There is a quickness of perception in some, a nicety in the discernment of character, a natural penetration, in short, which no experience in others can equal, and Lady Russell had been less gifted in this part of understanding than her young friend.
This kind of work required on the part of the workmen extreme nicety and minute attention.
Sergey Ivanovitch had calculated to a nicety the time necessary for writing a review, but a month passed, and a second, and still there was silence.
But unfortunately my own nicety, and the nicety of my friends, have made me what I am, an idle, helpless being.
There was no time to wait for any nicety of service.