Definition of Preciousnesses

1. preciousness [n] - See also: preciousness



Lexicographical Neighbors of Preciousnesses

precinct committeeman
precinct committeemen
precincts
precinema
preciosities
preciosity
precious
precious coral
precious metal
precious metals
precious stone
precious stones
preciouses
preciously
preciousness
preciousnesses (current term)
precip
precipe
precipes
precipice
precipices
precipitabilities
precipitability
precipitable
precipitable water
precipitance
precipitances
precipitancies
precipitancy
precipitant

Literary usage of Preciousnesses

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A History of Criticism and Literary Taste in Europe from the Earliest Texts by George Saintsbury (1902)
"... by archaisms, technicalities, preciousnesses, fished up as it were from the bottom of the ink-pot, instead of simply and naturally taken as they came ..."

2. Fors Clavigera: Letters to the Workmen and Labourers of Great Britain by John Ruskin (1884)
"... I say, any of these singular powers or preciousnesses, but only thinking of the constant value generalized among the King's verses, by that notable one, ..."

3. Miscellaneous Essays by George E. Saintsbury (1892)
"Few things are * more curious than this mixture of homespun and tinsel, of slang and learning, of street repartees and elaborate coterie preciousnesses. ..."

4. Specimens of English Prose Style: From Malory to Macaulay by George Saintsbury (1885)
"Few things are more curious than this mixture of corduroy and clinquant, of slang and learning, of street repartees and elaborate coterie preciousnesses. ..."

5. The Complete Works by John Ruskin (1894)
"... I say, any of these singular powers or preciousnesses, but only thinking of the constant value generalized among the King's verses, by that notable one, ..."

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