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Definition of "preciousness" [pre•cious•ness]

  • The condition of being precious; costliness (noun) : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "preciousness" in a sentence
  • "It seems at least as likely, though, that she has succumbed to the baleful influence of Sarah Ruhl, whose stomach-turning brand of preciousness is the latest theatrical fashion and whose sticky stylistic fingerprints are all over The Language Archive."
  • "Portia's post re Helene Hanff (another former favorite of mine with no love lost, just forgotten) reminds me of an aren't-kids-cute shorthand we often see in movies, sometimes books, where the kid's preciousness is proclaimed by his or her use of mathematically nonsensical numbers, like, "eleventy gazillion million TWILLION!""
  • "If her reserve toward men protected her from slander, her apparent suppression of sexuality was also in keeping with the idea of "preciousness" then spreading through the salons of the capital."