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preciosity

[presh-ee-os-i-tee] /ˌprɛʃ iˈɒs ɪ ti/
noun, plural preciosities.
1.
fastidious or carefully affected refinement, as in language, style, or taste.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English preciousite < Middle French preciosite < Latin pretiōsitās. See precious, -ity
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preciosity

/ˌprɛʃɪˈɒsɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
fastidiousness or affectation, esp in speech or manners
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