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precious

[presh-uh s] /ˈprɛʃ əs/
adjective
1.
of high price or great value; very valuable or costly:
precious metals.
2.
highly esteemed for some spiritual, nonmaterial, or moral quality:
precious memories.
3.
dear; beloved:
a precious child.
4.
affectedly or excessively delicate, refined, or nice:
precious manners.
5.
flagrant; gross:
a precious fool.
noun
6.
a dearly beloved person; darling.
adverb
7.
extremely; very:
She wastes precious little time.
Origin of precious
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English preciose (< Old French precios) < Latin pretiōsus costly, valuable, equivalent to preti(um) price, value + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
preciously, adverb
preciousness, noun
nonprecious, adjective
nonpreciously, adverb
nonpreciousness, noun
unprecious, adjective
unpreciously, adverb
unpreciousness, noun
Synonyms
1. See valuable. 3. darling, cherished.
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  • But there is something profoundly alienating in his unsympathetic tone, his "preciousness" and superciliousness.

  • Let it be so, with an ever-growing sense of the preciousness of the work of intercession.

    To My Younger Brethren Handley C. G. Moule
  • Finally unfavourable to the authenticity, they are yet in no way derogatory to the preciousness of this Old Testament Apocalypse.

  • And will not the preciousness of the victor's wreath excuse some impatience in the struggle for it?

    Hypatia Charles Kingsley
  • Judge of our esteem for you by the preciousness of the body over which we are thus calling you to preside.'

    The Letters of Cassiodorus Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
  • I would like somebody who is capable of valuing her to value her in all her preciousness.

    The Kentons William Dean Howells
  • Apart from him, there is no preciousness in the word, no blessing in ordinances, no permanent sanctifying results in affliction.

    The Words of Jesus John R. Macduff
British Dictionary definitions for preciousness

precious

/ˈprɛʃəs/
adjective
1.
beloved; dear; cherished
2.
very costly or valuable
3.
held in high esteem, esp in moral or spiritual matters
4.
very fastidious or affected, as in speech, manners, etc
5.
(informal) worthless: you and your precious ideas!
adverb
6.
(informal) (intensifier): there's precious little left
Derived Forms
preciously, adverb
preciousness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French precios, from Latin pretiōsus valuable, from pretium price, value
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Word Origin and History for preciousness

precious

adj.

mid-13c., from Old French precios "precious, costly, honorable, of great worth" (11c., Modern French précieux), from Latin pretiosus "costly, valuable," from pretium "value, worth, price" (see price (n.)). Meaning "over-refined" in English first recorded late 14c. In Johnson's day, it also had a secondary inverted sense of "worthless." Related: Preciously; preciousness.

n.

"beloved or dear person or object," 1706, from precious (adj.).

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