Definition of preciosity in English:
- The wit, light approach and mastery of touch, scale and color balance the figurines’ rather foppish preciosity.
- They are related to similarly proportioned glassware made in the 1890s, but the delicate tints and precarious attenuation are markers of preciosity and refinement.
- This earlier reading had been grounded in a concern that the use of ideas ‘borrowed’ from other disciplines might make poetry ‘dependent on intellectual fashions and encourage preciosity.’
Mid 19th century: suggested by French préciosité, a sense derived from Molière's Les Précieuses Ridicules (1659), a comedy in which ladies frequenting the literary salons of Paris were satirized.
Words that rhyme with preciosityanfractuosity, animosity, atrocity, bellicosity, curiosity, fabulosity, ferocity, generosity, grandiosity, impecuniosity, impetuosity, jocosity, luminosity, monstrosity, nebulosity, pomposity, ponderosity, porosity, precocity, reciprocity, religiosity, scrupulosity, sinuosity, sumptuosity, velocity, verbosity, virtuosity, viscosity
- British & World English dictionary
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