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  • punctilious in his attention to rules of etiquette
  • You were exacting, proud, punctilious, selfish.
    Dickens, Charles  --  David Copperfield
  • The old prince, like all fathers indeed, was exceedingly punctilious on the score of the honor and reputation of his daughters.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • his air of punctilious, acid politeness
    Eliot, George  --  Adam Bede

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  • In official matters, despite his youth and taste for frivolous gaiety, he was exceedingly reserved, punctilious, and even severe; but in society he was often amusing and witty, and...
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • Captain Eaton treated her with punctilious caution.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Cued to the Germanic punctiliousness of the manse, he had arrived exactly on schedule.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • At the reception desk, a middle-aged woman with the punctilious look of a librarian looked up at her.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • This quality was continually breaking through his punctilious manner in the shape of restlessness.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • "As far as the service goes he is quite punctilious, your excellency; but his character…." said Timokhin.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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  • When his hour had struck he stood up and took leave of his desk and of his fellow-clerks punctiliously.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • "Shall we make a positive appointment for a particular day and hour?" inquired the count; "only let me warn you that I am proverbial for my punctilious exactitude in keeping my engagements."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Well, my father worked some five hundred negroes; he was an inflexible, driving, punctilious business man; everything was to move by system,—to be sustained with unfailing accuracy and precision.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • He sneered more, his words were apt to be more biting, but the manner that accompanied them was always punctilious—too punctilious.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Athos was a gentleman, punctilious in points of honor; and there were in the plan which our lover had devised for Milady, he was sure, certain things that would not obtain the assent of this Puritan.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • You were exacting, proud, punctilious, selfish.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • I would return a call perhaps, for Maxim was punctilious in these matters and would not spare me, and if he did not come with me I must brave the formality alone, and there would be a pause in the conversation while I searched for something to say.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Hektor punctiliously obeyed the goddess, dismissed the assembly on her terms, and troops ran for their arms.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The sea-vultures all in pious mourning, the air-sharks all punctiliously in black or speckled.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He knew the law even better than did the dogs that had known no other life, and he observed the law more punctiliously; but still there was about him a suggestion of lurking ferocity, as though the Wild still lingered in him and the wolf in him merely slept.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • The old prince, like all fathers indeed, was exceedingly punctilious on the score of the honor and reputation of his daughters.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • But now such a punctiliousness in duty was shown that his topmates would sometimes good-naturedly laugh at him for it.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Pyotr Petrovitch belonged to that class of persons, on the surface very polite in society, who make a great point of punctiliousness, but who, directly they are crossed in anything, are completely disconcerted, and become more like sacks of flour than elegant and lively men of society.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • He had not drifted apart he thought, laying down his spoon and wiping his clean-shaven lips punctiliously.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • One inauspicious circumstance there was, which awakened a hardly concealed displeasure in the breasts of a few of the more punctilious visitors.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • He was startled to see how much he had aged, how his hands shook, and the rather punctilious conformity with which he awaited death, and then he felt a great disgust with himself, which he mingled with the beginnings of pity.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • When the social flavor was strong enough he would even unbend to the extent of drinking glass for glass with his associates, punctiliously observing his turn to pay as if he were an outsider like the others.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • He cooked his own food in the kitchen, to the negress’ outraged indignation, and put it on the table himself and ate it face to face with his father, who saluted him punctiliously and unfailingly with a glass of Bourbon whiskey: this too the son did not touch and had never tasted.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • She made a violent effort to control herself, and turning her tear-stained face to him, she once more held out her hand, which he kissed with the same punctilious gallantry; but Marguerite’s fingers, this time, lingered in his hand for a second or two longer than was absolutely necessary, and this was because she had felt that his hand trembled perceptibly and was burning hot, whilst his lips felt as cold as marble.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • A devoted lad who went with me on all my journeys; a gallant Flemish boy whom I genuinely liked and who returned the compliment; a born stoic, punctilious on principle, habitually hardworking, rarely startled by life’s surprises, very skillful with his hands, efficient in his every duty, and despite his having a name that means "counsel," never giving advice—not even the unsolicited kind!
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • It was no more than an ordinary camp marking-flag; but the regiment, always punctilious in matters of millinery, had charged it with the regimental device, the Red Bull, which is the crest of the Mavericks—the great Red Bull on a background of Irish green.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • And as honest and punctilious as she might ordinarily be in the matter of truth-telling and honest-dealing, plainly this was one of those whirling tempests of fact and reality in which the ordinary charts and compasses of moral measurement were for the time being of small use.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • It was punctilious, it was explicit, it was everything but natural—a deficiency which Lord Warburton, who, himself, had on the whole a good deal of nature, may be supposed to have perceived.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • …hooked in the overall strap, and the eyes under the pulled down hat brim squinting at him as though he were something spied across a valley or cove, something they weren’t quite easy in the mind about, too far away to make out good, or a sudden movement in the brush seen way off yonder across the valley or across the field and something might pop out of the brush, and under the eyes the jaw revolving worked the quid with a slow, punctilious, immitigable motion, like historical process.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • …and just on those very evenings when I must needs take most pains to receive it with due formality, I had to snatch it, to seize it instantly and in public, without even having the time or being properly free to apply to what I was doing the punctiliousness which madmen use who compel themselves to exclude all other thoughts from their minds while they are shutting a door, so that when the sickness of uncertainty sweeps over them again they can triumphantly face and overcome it with…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Angus was shaky and stumbling—Angus the punctilious.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • He was punctilious in the exaction of this ceremony.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • "Pardon," he said punctiliously.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • From its novelty to him and from its nature, punctilious courtesy was the manner best calculated to restrain the man.
    Joseph Conrad  --  The Secret Sharer
  • That I did, punctiliously, and received an apostolic flesh-wound at Castlefidardo.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • He was punctilious in his politeness to the captured queen, and she thought perhaps the politeness was more hateful to her than scorn would have been.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • The servants of a great man are commonly most punctilious as to the marks of respect due to him, and they attach more importance to his slightest privileges than he does himself.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • "Thus flies foul our fearless night owl," she might say, the words forming so punctiliously on her lips, her head raised and neck straight and her eyes fixed on our teacher.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • I made no complaint, but Wolf Larsen demanded the most punctilious sea etiquette in my case,—far more than poor Johansen had ever received; and at the expense of several rows, threats, and much grumbling, he brought the hunters to time.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • It was punctilious, it was explicit, it was everything but natural—a deficiency which Lord Warburton, who, himself, had on the whole a good deal of nature, may be supposed to have perceived.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • Old Mr. Donnithorne, the delicately clean, finely scented, withered old man, led out Miss Irwine, with his air of punctilious, acid politeness; Mr. Gawaine brought Miss Lydia, looking neutral and stiff in an elegant peach-blossom silk; and Mr. Irwine came last with his pale sister Anne.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • CHAPTER 12 It is by no means enough that an officer should be capable …… He should be as well a gentleman of liberal education, refined manners, punctilious courtesy, and the nicest sense of personal honor …… No meritorious act of a subordinate should escape his attention, even if the reward be only one word of approval.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • This much at least I cannot help telling you, that you may observe the good breeding and punctiliousness of my worthy husband.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • ESTRAGON: Punctilious pig!
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • …way of which arrangement, there were at first sundry difficulties and obstacles, arising out of her not having had an opportunity of ’calling’ upon Mrs Browdie first; for although Mrs Nickleby very often observed with much complacency (as most punctilious people do), that she had not an atom of pride or formality about her, still she was a great stickler for dignity and ceremonies; and as it was manifest that, until a call had been made, she could not be (politely speaking, and…
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
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