from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fine point of etiquette.
- n. Precise observance of formalities.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fine point in exactness of conduct, ceremony or procedure. Strictness in observance of formalities.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A nice point of exactness in conduct, ceremony, or proceeding; particularity or exactness in forms.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small point.
- n. A nice point, especially in conduct, ceremony, or proceeding; also, particularity or exactness in the observance of forms.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a fine point of etiquette or petty formality
- n. strict observance of formalities
A short run or attempt at running after the idea, ended in pain to his head near the spot where the haunting word punctilio caught at any excuse for clamouring.
In connection with this ritualistic form of punctilio, which is noticed in the religious practices of other peoples and lands, the established formal invocation of and prayer to the divinity may be mentioned.
I was also influenced by religious motives that suggested to me the necessity of living to atone, by my sufferings and sorrow, for the guilt I had incurred in complying with a savage punctilio, which is, I fear, displeasing in the sight of Heaven.
It has some slow bits, and some prolonged bouts of humor Tom's lovesickness, his punctilio about make-believe that have to have felt at least a little labored even back in 1876, when it often took weeks or even months for a punchline to arrive.
All that those words imply, including a disregard for military tradition and punctilio, the objective of dismantling an enemy and not merely defeating him, and downright ruthlessness, can be found in the battles of the Great Warpath.
In jail after an unwise decision, he contemplates "the Miocene logic and cruel outcomes afflicting all those with pluck but no punctilio."
If we think for a moment about why Cardozo goes to such lengths to define a standard of behavior grounded in "a punctilio of an honor the most sensitive," we realize that a market economy (or we might add, a viable democracy) depends critically on fiduciaries making decisions - millions everyday - for countless of beneficiaries.
Not honesty alone, but the punctilio of an honor the most sensitive, is then the standard of behavior.
Wikipedia on the other hand has a stab at it exclusively for rhotics, judging by the punctilio of the ɨ: juːˈtɒksɨtər.
With considerable punctilio, he then called for the garrison doctor, and had him certify officially that Jamie was fit enough to be flogged.