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Definitions for nicety
ˈnaɪ sɪ tinice·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. justness, rightness, nicetynoun

    conformity with some esthetic standard of correctness or propriety

    "it was performed with justness and beauty"

  2. nuance, nicety, shade, subtlety, refinementnoun

    a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

    "without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor"; "don't argue about shades of meaning"


  1. nicetynoun

    A small detail that is nice or polite to have but isn't necessary.

  2. nicetynoun

    Subtlety or precision of use.

  3. Etymology: From nicetee, from niceté, from nice; see nice.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Nicetynoun

    Etymology: from nice.

    Nor was this nicety of his judgment confined only to literature, but was the same in all other parts of art. Matthew Prior.

    As for the workmanship of the old Roman pillars, the ancients have not kept to the nicety of proportion and the rules of art so much as the moderns. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    He them with speeches meet
    Does fair intreat; no courting nicety,
    But simple true, and eke unfeigned sweet. Fairy Q.

    So love doth loath disdainful nicety. Edmund Spenser.

    If reputation attend these conquests, which depend on the fineness and niceties of words, it is no wonder if the wit of men so employed, should perplex and sublitize the signification of sounds. John Locke.

    His conclusions are not built upon any niceties, or solitary and uncommon appearances, but on the most simple and obvious circumstances of these terrestrial bodies. John Woodward.

    Love such nicety requires,
    One blast will put out all his fires. Jonathan Swift, Poems.


  1. nicety

    Michel'le is the debut studio album by American singer Michel'le. It was released on October 23, 1989, on Ruthless Records, Atco Records and Atlantic Records. The album was co produced by Dr. Dre of N.W.A and André “LA Dre” Bolton The album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America five weeks after its release.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nicetynoun

    the quality or state of being nice (in any of the senses of that word.)

  2. Nicetynoun

    delicacy or exactness of perception; minuteness of observation or of discrimination; precision

  3. Nicetynoun

    a delicate expression, act, mode of treatment, distinction, or the like; a minute distinction

  4. Etymology: [OE. nicet foolishness.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nicety in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nicety in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of nicety in a Sentence

  1. Dean Acheson:

    The task of a public officer seeking to explain and gain support for a major policy is not that of the writer of a doctoral thesis, qualification must give way to simplicity of statement, nicety and nuance to bluntness, almost brutality, in carrying home a point.

  2. Maya Angelou:

    A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretense. No truth seems true. A simple morning's greeting and response appear loaded with innuendo and fraught with implications. Each nicety becomes more sterile and each withdrawal more permanent.

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  • деталь, точностьRussian

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    immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth
    • A. greedy
    • B. abrupt
    • C. alternate
    • D. noninvasive

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