preciosity

preciosity

[presh-ee-os-i-tee]
noun, plural preciosities.
fastidious or carefully affected refinement, as in language, style, or taste.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English preciousite < Middle French preciosite < Latin pretiōsitās. See precious, -ity

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preciosity (ˌprɛʃɪˈɒsɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
fastidiousness or affectation, esp in speech or manners

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