Punctilio

  • 1 Punctilio — Punc*til io (p[u^][ng]k*t[i^]l y[ o]), n.; pl. {Punctilios} ( y[=o]z). [It. puntiglio, or Sp. puntillo, dim. fr. L. punctum point. See {Point}, n.] A nice point of exactness in conduct, ceremony, or proceeding; particularity or exactness in… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 punctilio — index decorum, formality, particular, protocol (etiquette) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 punctilio — 1590s, from It. puntiglio or Sp. puntillo, dim. of punto point (see POINT (Cf. point)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 punctilio — [n] etiquette ceremony, civility, code, convention, courtesy, customs, decorum, dignity, form, formalities, formality, mores, nicety, politesse, proper behavior, protocol, p’s and q’s*, refinement, rules, social graces; concept 633 …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 punctilio — ► NOUN (pl. punctilios) 1) a fine or petty point of conduct or procedure. 2) punctilious behaviour. ORIGIN Italian puntiglio and Spanish puntillo small point …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 punctilio — [puŋk til′ē ō΄] n. pl. punctilios [altered (infl. by L) < Sp puntillo or It puntiglio, dim. of punto < L punctum, a POINT] 1. a nice point of conduct, ceremony, etc. 2. observance of petty formalities …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 punctilio — noun A fine point in exactness of conduct, ceremony or procedure. Strictness in observance of formalities. All those wretched quarrels, in his humble opinion, stirring up bad blood, from some bump of combativeness or gland of some kind,… …

    Wiktionary

  • 8 punctilio — (pon kti li o) s. m. Forme italienne qui a été employée quelquefois pour pointille (voy. ce mot). •   Cette importante affaire du punctilio qui constitue la grandeur des Romains modernes, VOLT. Dict. phil. Cérémonies …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 9 punctilio —    (punk TIH lee oh) [Italian, from Spanish] A fine point of honor, ceremony, or etiquette; care in observing formalities or correctness.    As a diplomat, he was noted for his honesty and punctilio in difficult negotiations …

    Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • 10 punctilio — noun 1) a stickler for punctilio Syn: conformity, conscientiousness, punctiliousness; etiquette, protocol, conventions, formalities, propriety, decorum, manners, politesse, good form, the done thing Ant …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 11 punctilio — /pʌŋkˈtɪlioʊ/ (say pungk tileeoh) noun (plural punctilios) 1. a fine point, particular, or detail, as of conduct, ceremony, or procedure: *an eye for a punctilio that would do credit to a Pharisee. –david foster, 1981. 2. strictness or exactness… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 12 punctilio — noun (plural ios) Etymology: Italian & Spanish; Italian puntiglio point of honor, scruple, from Spanish puntillo, from diminutive of punto point, from Latin punctum Date: 1596 1. a minute detail of conduct in a ceremony or in observance of a code …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 punctilio — /pungk til ee oh /, n., pl. 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. [1590 1600; alter. of It puntiglio < Sp… …

    Universalium

  • 14 punctilio — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. nicety, convention. see formality …

    English dictionary for students

  • 15 punctilio — punc·til·i·o || pʌŋk tɪlɪəʊ n. exactingness concerning details, strictness regarding trivial issues …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 16 punctilio — [pʌŋ(k) tɪlɪəʊ] noun (plural punctilios) a fine or petty point of conduct or procedure. Origin C16: from Ital. puntiglio(n ) and Sp. puntillo, dimin. of punto a point …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 17 punctilio — n. Nicety (of behavior), nice point, point, pique …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 18 punctilio — n 1. fine point, particular, detail, formality, form; nicety, delicacy, subtlety, refinement. 2. convention, rule, standard, usual or customary practice, observance, code, custom, usage, manner; decorum, the thing, etiquette, propriety; duty,… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 19 punctilio — punc·til·io …

    English syllables

  • 20 punctilio — punc•til•i•o [[t]pʌŋkˈtɪl iˌoʊ[/t]] n. pl. til•i•os 1) a fine point, particular, or detail, as of conduct, ceremony, or procedure 2) strictness or exactness in the observance of formalities or amenities • Etymology: 1590–1600; alter. of It… …

    From formal English to slang


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