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Related to punctilio: perseverance, malevolence, amid, excoriate


n. pl. punc·til·i·os
1. A fine point of etiquette.
2. Precise observance of formalities.

[Obsolete Italian punctiglio, from Spanish puntillo, diminutive of punto, point, from Latin pūnctum, from neuter past participle of pungere, to prick; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -os
1. strict attention to minute points of etiquette
2. a petty formality or fine point of etiquette
[C16: from Italian puntiglio small point, from punto point, from Latin punctum point]


(pʌŋkˈtɪl iˌoʊ)

n., pl. -til•i•os.
1. a fine point, particular, or detail, as of conduct, ceremony, or procedure.
2. strictness or exactness in the observance of formalities or amenities.
[1590–1600; alter. of Italian puntiglio < Sp puntillo, diminutive of punto < Latin pūnctum point]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.punctilio - a fine point of etiquette or petty formality
etiquette - rules governing socially acceptable behavior
2.punctilio - strict observance of formalities
honoring, observance - conformity with law or custom or practice etc.


[pʌŋkˈtɪlɪəʊ] N (punctilios (pl)) (frm) → puntillo m, etiqueta f
References in classic literature ?
Exceptis excipiendis,'' replied the hermit, ``as our old abbot taught me to say, when impertinent laymen should ask me if I kept every punctilio of mine order.
This donation may be regarded, therefore, as a signal punctilio of Indian honor; but it will be found that the animal soon proved an unlucky acquisition to the party.
It seemed to me a chilling and unnatural piece of punctilio between the children of a family and their instructor and daily companion; especially where the former were in their early childhood, as at Wellwood House; but even there, my calling the little Bloomfields by their simple names had been regarded as an offensive liberty: as their parents had taken care to show me, by carefully designating them MASTER and MISS Bloomfield, &c.
So the Pygmies resolved to set aside all foolish punctilios, and assail their antagonist at once.
honesty alone, but the punctilio of an honor the most sensitive, is
1928) (describing the partner's fiduciary duly as "the punctilio of an honor the most sensitive").
It also includes a scoop of delicious Shakespearean-sounding mumbo-jumbo from a famous court case of the 1920s: "Not honesty alone, but the punctilio of an honor the most sensitive, is then the standard of behavior.
She also observes the punctilio of "Austria-Hungary" by making sure that Hungary features regularly if not quite as often as the "The Kingdoms and Lands represented in the Reichsrat.
Showing off my ignorance of taurine punctilio to a bullring full of prancing Navarrese," he wrote, "wasn't my idea of an agreeable afternoon" (155).
In an historian we are not to be critical for every punctilio, not relating to his main design; yet I think 'tis but just to demand that what he doth write be true.
To use Justice Cardozo's famous phrase, they owe "the punctilio of an honor the most sensitive.
545,546 (New York 1928) (stating that "[n]ot honesty alone, but the punctilio of an honor the most sensitive, is then the standard of behavior"); Scott and Ascher on Trusts, 3 Austin Wakeman Scott et al.