from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Extreme meticulousness or overrefinement, as in language, taste, or style.
- n. An instance of extreme meticulousness or overrefinement.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A state or condition of overemphasizing detail, especially of pronunciation when speaking.
- n. Something precious.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Preciousness; something precious.
- n. Fastidious refinement, esp. in language; specif., the affected purism and sententiousness characteristic of the French précieuses of the 17th century.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Costliness; value; great worth; preciousness.
- n. Anything of great price or value.
- n. The quality of being overnice; fastidiousness; excessive refinement.
- n. The character of being precious in sense 6 or 7. See precious, 6.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of being fastidious or excessively refined
It is in the salon that the over-refinement called preciosity budded and bloomed.
Although he is increasingly reviled these days for his purported stylistic preciosity, John Updike remains a writer I am able to read with pleasure because he successfully avoids inflicting such damage.
Any poetry removed from popular diction will inevitably become as esoteric as 18th-century satire (perfected by Alexander Pope), whose dense allusiveness and preciosity drove the early Romantic poets into the countryside to find living speech again.
Paglia (correctly) emphasizes the way in which English is constantly changing -- which makes it an ever-renewable source of new kinds of writing -- but she ought to consider this when elevating the Romantic poets '"living speech" over "dense allusiveness and preciosity."
A tiny pale print of a horse and coach in the rain 1899-1900 epitomizes the preciosity of his photo-secession phase.
But any preciosity is overruled by the film's emotional intelligence, as when George inhales the smell of a stranger's Jack Russell that evokes the dogs he owned with his lover.
Huxley and Fisher were great naturalists and understandably allergic to preciosity.
We shouldn't be making up ways to accommodate their religious preciosity.
For all the preciosity of its product, the perfume industry generates annual revenues of $31 billion; 170,000 bottles of perfume are sold every day in France -- and 170,000 Frenchmen can't be wrong.
It is hard to avoid preciosity in books about books, but here Funke pulls off the feat with vigor ....