Preciosity definition

prĕshē-ŏsĭ-tē, prĕs-
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Overrefinement, as in language, taste, or style.
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An instance of overrefinement.
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Great fastidiousness, overrefinement, or affectation, esp. in language.
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A state or condition of overemphasizing detail, especially of pronunciation when speaking.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
preciosity
Plural:
preciosities

Origin of preciosity

  • Middle English preciousite preciousness from Old French preciosite from Latin pretiōsitās from pretiōsus precious from pretium price precious

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition