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minutia

[mi-noo-shee-uh, -shuh, -nyoo-] /mɪˈnu ʃi ə, -ʃə, -ˈnyu-/
noun, plural minutiae
[mi-noo-shee-ee, -nyoo-] /mɪˈnu ʃiˌi, -ˈnyu-/ (Show IPA)
1.
Usually, minutiae. precise details; small or trifling matters:
the minutiae of his craft.
Origin of minutia
1745-1755
1745-55; < Latin minūtia smallness, equivalent to minūt(us) minute2 + -ia -ia
Related forms
minutial, adjective
Can be confused
minimal, minimize, minimum, minuscule, minutia (see usage note at minuscule)
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  • The brain with all organs, nerves, vessels, and every minutia in form with all materials found or used in life.

    Philosophy of Osteopathy Andrew T. Still
  • This minutia of detail is applied to the distribution of a vast bulk of mail.

  • He conformed to their taste; he flattered their foibles and obsequiously bowed to the minutia of female volatility.

    Alida Amelia Stratton Comfield
  • If so, it is useless to try, or hope to know what life is in its minutia.

    Philosophy of Osteopathy Andrew T. Still
  • The relations between the two monarchs had been regulated with a minutia worthy of Asiatic courts.

  • All detailed thoughts, all the minutia of the mind were swept away.

    The Garden Of Allah Robert Hichens
  • His desk is clear of all litter and minutia—likewise his mind.

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  • He conformed to their taste; he flattered their foibles, and obsequiously bowed to the minutia of female volatility.

    Alonzo and Melissa Daniel Jackson, Jr.
Word Origin and History for minutia
n.

1751, plural minutiae, from Latin minutia "smallness" (plural minutiae, in Late Latin "trifles"), from minutus "small" (see minute (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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