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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
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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  • To call this minutiae seems an understatement.
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  • Also, comments are often about minutiae instead of being substantive.
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  • This when the minutiae and the profound of our lives gets discussed.
  • The texts are densely documented and footnoted, an approach that could have led to a dissection of minutiae.
British Dictionary definitions for minutiae

minutiae

/mɪˈnjuːʃɪˌiː/
plural noun (sing) -tia (-ʃɪə)
1.
small, precise, or trifling details
Word Origin
C18: pl of Late Latin minūtia smallness, from Latin minūtusminute²
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Word Origin and History for minutiae
n.

1751, plural of Latin minutia "smallness" (see minutia); hence, in plural, "trifles."

minutia

n.

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

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