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Definition paying careful attention to details — especially social conventions
  • punctilious in his attention to rules of etiquette
punctilious = paying careful attention to details
  • 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
  • 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
  • punctilious = paying careful attention to details
  • Mr Vladimir and the Assistant Commissioner, introduced, acknowledged each other's existence with punctilious and guarded courtesy.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Secret Agent
  • I love the punctilious thoroughness of the whole thing; one can understand its appeal to our careful colonel.
    Hornung, E. W.  --  A Thief in the Night
  • Your worthy lady with the tender conscience; your scrupulous, virtuous, punctilious, but not blindly affectionate wife
    Dickens, Charles  --  Barnaby Rudge - A Tale Of The Riots Of 'Eighty
  • As far as the service goes he is quite punctilious, your excellency; but his character.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace
  • From its novelty to him and from its nature, punctilious courtesy was the manner best calculated to restrain the man.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Secret Sharer
  • He was punctilious in the exaction of this ceremony.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Little Dorrit
  • Punctilious old men think back to the easy freedom of their childhood.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • You were exacting, proud, punctilious, selfish.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • 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
  • 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
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • ESTRAGON: Punctilious pig!
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • 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
  • At the reception desk, a middle-aged woman with the punctilious look of a librarian looked up at her.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • 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
  • The sea-vultures all in pious mourning, the air-sharks all punctiliously in black or speckled.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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