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punctilio

[puhngk-til-ee-oh] /pʌŋkˈtɪl iˌoʊ/
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
1590-1600; alteration of Italian puntiglio < Spanish puntillo, diminutive of punto < Latin pūnctum point
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punctilio

/pʌŋkˈtɪlɪˌəʊ/
noun (pl) -os
1.
strict attention to minute points of etiquette
2.
a petty formality or fine point of etiquette
Word Origin
C16: from Italian puntiglio small point, from punto point, from Latin punctum point
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Word Origin and History for punctilios

punctilio

n.

1590s, "point," also "detail of action," from Italian puntiglio or Spanish puntillo, diminutive of punto "point" (see point (n.)).

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