preciously


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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:
Adv.1.preciously - extremely; "there is precious little time left"
intensifier, intensive - a modifier that has little meaning except to intensify the meaning it modifies; "`up' in `finished up' is an intensifier"; "`honestly' in `I honestly don't know' is an intensifier"
Translations
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' I did that, sir,' said a great lubberly fellow, stepping forward; 'and preciously I cut my knuckle agin' his mouth.
All resistance had been rendered impossible to him by what was then called, in the style of the criminal chancellery, "the vehemence and firmness of the bonds" which means that the thongs and chains probably cut into his flesh; moreover, it is a tradition of jail and wardens, which has not been lost, and which the handcuffs still preciously preserve among us, a civilized, gentle, humane people (the galleys and the guillotine in parentheses).
He was, in short, in his after-dinner mood; more expanded and genial, and also more self-indulgent than the frigid and rigid temper of the morning; still he looked preciously grim, cushioning his massive head against the swelling back of his chair, and receiving the light of the fire on his granite-hewn features, and in his great, dark eyes; for he had great, dark eyes, and very fine eyes, too--not without a certain change in their depths sometimes, which, if it was not softness, reminded you, at least, of that feeling.
East and I and five or six other fellows were at the fire, and preciously we stared, for he don't come in like that once a year, unless it is a wet day and there's a fight in the hall.
Here I started up for I could not contain myself at the thought that the minutes and seconds so preciously laden with Mina's life and happiness were flying from us, since whilst we talked action was impossible.
You would be preciously disappointed if he cried off, Agatha; for all your interesting reluctance."
"The people who do receive transplants are so so grateful for what they have been given, they treat it so preciously.
As much as one would wish it away, it is Nepal's preciously built academic institutions that were the first targets of political agitations time and again.
Despite leading a fast-paced life, he displayed qualities of being tenacious and resilient, preciously what she was lacking in her life.
Having failed to triumph the final on six occasions in different formats in the last 10 years, starting with a heartbreaking two-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka in 2009 in Dhaka and finally the number 7, widely recognized as a lucky number in our country, proved to be preciously lucky for Bangladesh.
There are preciously few personnel specialised in this area, creating a need to train therapists.
In his cable, the minister expressed appreciation and pride of the preciously noble royal confidence on him, reasserting that it would be a stimulus and a drive for him to exert furthermore endeavor and provision to best serve the religion, the King and the motherland, in the light of wise directives of the rational leadership.