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the quality of being fastidious or excessively refined


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The film does not manage to offer the idealized picture that the author achieves with his verbal preciosity but rather a document about a miserable society that is impactful for its veracity and primitiveness.
Humour is welcome in this short novel, which can verge on preciosity.
Sometimes there's a preciosity to academic writing.
14) Pointing to unconventional literary finesse, preciosity concerns both jewellery and prosody, especially rare rhymes whose effects in The Sphinx were pointed out by bibliophile Holbrook Jackson as early as 1913 (see 82).
Here, the preciosity and fragility of the sculpture disguises the towers' role as a pinnacle of capital's architectural expression.
If, as Lafarge notes, the 17th century is dominated by the dramatic verse of Racine and Corneille and the 18th century lacks the reputation as a period of accomplished poetry, the movement to Paris as the center of artistic activity, with its burgeoning literary salon life, nevertheless produced a broad array of female authored poems, including the light fare of preciosity, the ongoing didactic convention of fables and maxims, satiric and religious verse, and even drinking songs
Rarely do you find such self-plunging material beyond the realm of documentary or far-fringe museum fare, and despite his background in that arena, Mills sheds all preciosity in service of genuinely revealing introspection.
Indeed, one complaint--that right-wing talk radio alienates independents and moderates--borders on preciosity.
Although blinded by diabetes by the age of only ten months, he demonstrated remarkable preciosity as a youth; by age eleven, he had memorized the entire Koran by Braille.
The preciosity and relative permanence of the book and its extensions will never be replaced.
Platonic drama was concerned, in the words of Graham Parry, with "honour and duty entangled with love, usually expressed in an elegant, slightly affected language that reflected the Queen's fondness for a preciosity of manner that she had acquired in her youth.
1), show a new preciosity of figure style, complemented by enamelled surfaces and a frigid colour scheme, obviously influenced by the work of Giulio at the neighbouring court of Mantua.
However, the phrase that Ford quotes, concerning work "marred by a certain nervous preciosity" (xiii), is taken from a separate memoir of O'Hara, in which Ashbery passes the same judgment on his own early "work: "much of the poetry we both wrote as undergraduates [at Harvard] now seems marred by a certain nervous preciosity, in part a reaction to the cultivated blandness around us which also impelled us to callow aesthetic pronouncements" (Selected Prose 174).
For Tagore, a culture that created and displayed a variety of artistic expressions was richer than one with fewer--the interaction of more complex levels with simpler ones benefited both, helping the former to avoid preciosity and the latter to gain greater depth and refinement.
Though primarily a satire of the petit-maitre and the superficiality of high society, the work takes such obvious pleasure in the preciosity it condemns that it anticipates the ludic spirit of nineteenth-century treatises of dandyism.