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finical


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Finical  \Fin"i*cal\,  a.  [From  {Fine},  a.] 
  Affectedly  fine;  overnice;  unduly  particular;  fastidious. 
  ``Finical  taste.''  --Wordsworth. 
 
  The  gross  style  consists  in  giving  no  detail,  the 
  finical  in  giving  nothing  else.  --Hazlitt. 
 
  Syn:  {Finical},  {Spruce},  {Foppish}. 
 
  Usage:  These  words  are  applied  to  persons  who  are  studiously 
  desirous  to  cultivate  finery  of  appearance.  One  who  is 
  spruce  is  elaborately  nice  in  dress;  one  who  is 
  finical  shows  his  affectation  in  language  and  manner 
  as  well  as  in  dress;  one  who  is  foppish  distinguishes 
  himself  by  going  to  the  extreme  of  the  fashion  in  the 
  cut  of  his  clothes,  by  the  tawdriness  of  his 
  ornaments,  and  by  the  ostentation  of  his  manner.  ``A 
  finical  gentleman  clips  his  words  and  screws  his  body 
  into  as  small  a  compass  as  possible,  to  give  himself 
  the  air  of  a  delicate  person;  a  spruce  gentleman 
  strives  not  to  have  a  fold  wrong  in  his  frill  or 
  cravat,  nor  a  hair  of  his  head  to  lie  amiss;  a  foppish 
  gentleman  seeks  .  .  .  to  render  himself  distinguished 
  for  finery.''  --Crabb.  --  {Fin"i*cal*ly},  adv  -- 
  {Fin"i*cal*ness},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  finical 
  adj  :  exacting  especially  about  details;  "a  finicky  eater";  "fussy 
  about  clothes";  "very  particular  about  how  her  food  was 
  prepared"  [syn:  {finicky},  {fussy},  {particular}] 




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