Antonyms for niceties

Grammar : Noun
Spell : nahy-si-tee
Phonetic Transcription : ˈnaɪ sɪ ti

Definition of niceties

Origin :
  • mid-14c., "folly, stupidity," from Old French niceté "foolishness, childishness, simplicity," from nice "silly" (see nice). Underwent sense evolution parallel to nice, arriving at "minute, subtle point" 1580s and "exactitude" in 1650s. Phrase to a nicety "exactly" is attested from 1795.
  • noun fine point
Example sentences :
  • Burke, however, as usual, paid no heed to the niceties of sentiment.
  • Extract from : « Within the Law » by Marvin Dana
  • The niceties of life are always matters of small care but great moment.
  • Extract from : « The Etiquette of To-day » by Edith B. Ordway
  • But Delancy had no time to fritter away on niceties of etiquette.
  • Extract from : « Making People Happy » by Thompson Buchanan
  • However acute these niceties sometimes were, they were often ridiculous.
  • Extract from : « Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3) » by Isaac D'Israeli
  • But Dr. Wigan does not go into these niceties of this subject, and I failed.
  • Extract from : « If, Yes and Perhaps » by Edward Everett Hale
  • Cut and top and all these other niceties will not work on a dull one.
  • Extract from : « The Complete Golfer [1905] » by Harry Vardon
  • It seemed there were niceties of cruelty in this wretched game.
  • Extract from : « The Lost Continent » by C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
  • For him there were no niceties of effort and of counter-effort.
  • Extract from : « Aladdin of London » by Sir Max Pemberton
  • It is far from the intention of the writer of this work to enter into the niceties of controversy.
  • Extract from : « A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Middle and Higher Classes in this Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity. » by William Wilberforce
  • In order to get around this rule some niceties in reconstruction have been known.
  • Extract from : « The Modern Railroad » by Edward Hungerford

Synonyms for niceties

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