Preciosity Pre`ci*os"i*ty, n.; pl. {-ties}. [F. pr['e]ciosit['e], OF. also precieuset['e].] Fastidious refinement, esp. in language; specif., the affected purism and sententiousness characteristic of the French pr['e]cieuses of the 17th century.

He had the fastidiousness, the preciosity, the love of archaisms, of your true decadent. --L. Douglas. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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