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Précieuses Ridicules (in Molière’s comedy so called)

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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.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Prairie Fever (The)
Prating Sophists
Prayer-book Parade
Praying-wheels
Pre-Adamites
Pre-Raphaelites
Preacher (The)
Prebend
Precarious
Preceptor
Précieuses Ridicules (in Molière’s comedy so called)
Preciosa
Precious Stones
Precocious
Prelate
Preliminary Canter (A)
Premier Pas
Premonstratensian
Prendre un Rat par la Queue
Prepense
Preposterous

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Précieuses Ridicules