punctilio

[puhngk-til-ee-oh]
noun, plural punctilios for 1.
1.
a fine point, particular, or detail, as of conduct, ceremony, or procedure.
2.
strictness or exactness in the observance of formalities or amenities.

Origin:
1590–1600; alteration of Italian puntiglio < Spanish puntillo, diminutive of punto < Latin pūnctum point

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punctilio (pʌŋkˈtɪlɪˌəʊ)
 
n , pl -os
1.  strict attention to minute points of etiquette
2.  a petty formality or fine point of etiquette
 
[C16: from Italian puntiglio small point, from punto point, from Latin punctum point]

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No mission should ever be compromised by diplomatic punctilio.
They really seem to show a readiness to stand on punctilio and ceremony.
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