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Oct 26, 2006
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Words to describe people

This week's words
pertinacious
pixilated
oscitant
punctilious
pococurante

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punctilious

(pungk-TIL-ee-uhs) Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio

adjective: Extremely attentive to minute details of action or behavior.

From Italian puntiglio, from Spanish puntillo, diminutive of punto (point), from Latin punctum (point).

"However earnest his aims and punctilious his language, Fowler had not found his genius in schoolteaching, and he did not find it in his essays."
I. Shenker; For the King's English, Fighting the Good Fight; Smithsonian (Washington, DC); Nov 1990.

See more usage examples of punctilious in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace. -Albert Schweitzer, philosopher, physician, musician, Nobel laureate (1875-1965)

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