Preciosity

Definition of Preciosity

Pre`ci`os´i`ty
n.1.Preciousness; something precious.
1.Fastidious refinement, esp. in language; specif., the affected purism and sententiousness characteristic of the French précieuses of the 17th century.
He had the fastidiousness, the preciosity, the love of archaisms, of your true decadent.
- L. Douglas.

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Gongorism, affectation, affectedness, artfulness, artifice, artificiality, ceremonialism, elegance, euphemism, euphuism, exquisiteness, formalism, formality, goody-goodness, goody-goodyism, hyperelegance, legalism, manneredness, mannerism, overelaboration, overelegance, overniceness, overpreciseness, overrefinement, pedantism, pedantry, preciousness, preciseness, precisianism, pretentiousness, punctilio, punctiliousness, purism, ritualism, scrupulousness, unnaturalness
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