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Friday, August 20, 2004

Definitions for punctilio

  1. A fine point of exactness in conduct, ceremony, or procedure.
  2. Strictness or exactness in the observance of formalities; as, "the punctilios of a public ceremony."

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Citations for punctilio
His godmother, Mary Delany, however, while acknowledging Garret Wesley's musical talents, found him rather deficient in 'the punctilios of good breeding', and had consequently been much gratified when he announced that he was to marry Lady Louisa Augusta Lennox, daughter of the second Duke of Richmond. Christopher Hibbert, Wellington: A Personal History
The utmost in punctilio was observed as each side was retired scoreless for two innings. Red Smith, Red Smith on Baseball
Origin of punctilio
Punctilio comes from Obsolete Italian punctiglio, from Spanish puntillo, diminutive of punto, "point," from Latin punctum, from pungere, "to prick."