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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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.
He said that commercial forestry through a proper management system could play a key role in controlling environmental pollution in addition to re-organizing wood industry and saving preciously foreign exchange.
Dr Brown preciously held a position as a Chief Director in the National Treasury.
Our government will take this opportunity very preciously," the presidential spokesman quoted Moon as saying.
These are things that companies pay a lot of money for consultants to tell them that same thing so we treat every complaint preciously.
reorganising wood industry and saving preciously foreign
Talking to media he said that commercial forestry through a proper management system could play a key role in controlling environment pollution in addition to reorganising wood industry and saving preciously foreign exchange.