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 Precep’tor.Precio’sa. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Précieuses Ridicules (in Molière’s comedy so called).
 
Aminte and Polixène, who assume the airs of the Hôtel de Rambouillet, a coterie of savants of both sexes in the seventeenth century. The members of this society were termed précieusesi.e. “persons of distinguished merit”—and the précieuses ridicules means a ridiculous apeing of their ways and manners.   1
 


 Precep’tor.Precio’sa. 

 
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