nicety

  • 1 Nicety — Ni ce*ty, n.; pl. {Niceties}. [OE. nicet[ e] foolishness.] 1. The quality or state of being nice (in any of the senses of that word.). [1913 Webster] The miller smiled of her nicety. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Delicacy or exactness of perception; …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 nicety — ► NOUN (pl. niceties) 1) a fine detail or distinction. 2) accuracy. 3) a detail of etiquette. ● to a nicety Cf. ↑to a nicety …

    English terms dictionary

  • 3 nicety — (n.) mid 14c., folly, stupidity, from O.Fr. niceté foolishness, childishness, simplicity, from nice silly (see NICE (Cf. nice)). Underwent sense evolution parallel to nice, arriving at minute, subtle point 1580s and exactitude in 1650s. Phrase to …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 nicety — [nī′sə tē] n. pl. niceties [ME nicete < OFr, folly < nice: see NICE] 1. the quality or state of being nice; specif., a) scrupulosity b) precision; accuracy; exactness, as of discrimination or perception c) fastidiousness; refinement;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 nicety — index decorum, discretion (quality of being discreet), nuance, specification Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 nicety — is pronounced niy si ti, as three syllables. Its primary meaning is ‘a subtle distinction or detail’ whereas niceness corresponds more generally to the meanings of nice …

    Modern English usage

  • 7 nicety — [n] fine point detail, exactness, fine distinction, meticulousness, nuance, precision, refinement, rigor, rigorousness, shade, subtlety; concept 638 …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 nicety — ni|ce|ty [ˈnaısıti] n plural niceties 1.) [C usually plural] a small detail or point of difference, especially one that is usually considered to be part of the correct way of doing something ▪ social niceties ▪ legal niceties nicety of ▪ the… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 nicety — UK [ˈnaɪsətɪ] / US noun Word forms nicety : singular nicety plural niceties 1) [uncountable] a way of behaving that people consider to be correct 2) [countable] a very small difference or detail …

    English dictionary

  • 10 nicety — /ˈnaɪsəti / (say nuysuhtee) noun (plural niceties) 1. a delicate or fine point: *Seward courteously advising Sir John Dean Paul on the niceties of forging and uttering, the lesser practitioners listening and learning in awe. –cyril pearl, 1959. 2 …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 11 nicety — n. (pl. ies) 1 a subtle distinction or detail. 2 precision, accuracy. 3 intricate or subtle quality (a point of great nicety). 4 (in pl.) a minutiae; fine details. b refinements, trimmings. Phrases and idioms: to a nicety with exactness.… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 12 nicety — /nuy si tee/, n., pl. niceties. 1. a delicate or fine point; punctilio: niceties of protocol. 2. a fine distinction; subtlety; detail: the niceties of the filigree work. 3. Usually, niceties. a refined, elegant, or choice feature, as of manner or …

    Universalium

  • 13 nicety — noun a) A small detail that is nice or polite to have but isnt necessary. We met the new captain while we were taking enemy fire and were unable to observe the niceties of formal introductions. b) Subtlety or precision of use. A rocket propelled… …

    Wiktionary

  • 14 nicety — [ nʌɪsɪti] noun (plural niceties) a fine detail or distinction. ↘a detail of etiquette. ↘accuracy or precision. Phrases to a nicety precisely. Origin ME (in the sense foolish conduct ): from OFr. nicete, based on L. nescius (see nice) …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 15 nicety — noun 1 (countable usually plural) a small and exact point of difference or detail: legal niceties (+ of): the niceties of etiquette 2 to a nicety formal exactly …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 nicety — noun 1) legal niceties Syn: subtlety, fine point, nuance, refinement, detail 2) great nicety of control Syn: precision, accuracy, exactness, meticulousness …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 nicety — n 1. punctilio, fine point, point, detail, minor detail; instance, item, particular, element, factor, facet, incidental; aspect, feature, respect, attribute; triviality, minutia, minuteness, particularity, circumstantiality. 2. shade of… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 18 nicety — ni•ce•ty [[t]ˈnaɪ sɪ ti[/t]] n. pl. ties 1) a delicate or fine point; subtlety: the niceties of protocol[/ex] 2) exactness or preciseness, as in workmanship; detail 3) Usu., niceties. refined or fine things or manners: the niceties of life[/ex]… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 nicety — noun (plural ties) Etymology: Middle English nicete, from Anglo French niceté foolishness, from nice, adjective Date: 14th century 1. the quality or state of being nice 2. an elegant, delicate, or civilized feature < enjoy the niceties of life >… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 nicety — Synonyms and related words: absoluteness, accuracy, acquired taste, appreciation, appreciation of differences, appreciation of excellence, appreciativeness, artistic judgment, attention to detail, attention to fact, care for truth, choiceness,… …

    Moby Thesaurus


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