from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Overrefinement, as in language, taste, or style.
- noun An instance of overrefinement.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The character of being precious in sense 6 or 7. See
- noun Costliness; value; great worth; preciousness.
- noun Anything of great price or value.
- noun The quality of being overnice; fastidiousness; excessive refinement.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun obsolete Preciousness; something precious.
- noun Fastidious refinement, esp. in language; specif., the affected purism and sententiousness characteristic of the French précieuses of the 17th century.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A state or condition of
overemphasizing detail, especially of pronunciationwhen speaking.
- noun obsolete Something
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun the quality of being fastidious or excessively refined
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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.
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.
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.
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 ....