cherished, precious, treasured, wanted(adj)
characterized by feeling or showing fond affection for
"a cherished friend"; "children are precious"; "a treasured heirloom"; "so good to feel wanted"
of high worth or cost
"diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are precious stones"
held in great esteem for admirable qualities especially of an intrinsic nature
"a valued friend"; "precious memories"
obviously contrived to charm
"an insufferably precious performance"; "a child with intolerably cute mannerisms"
"there is precious little time left"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Unique is alone of its kind; rare is infrequent of its kind; great poems are rare; "Paradise Lost" is unique. To say of a thing that it is rare is simply to affirm that it is now seldom found, whether previously common or not; as, a rare old book; a rare word; to call a thing scarce implies that it was at some time more plenty, as when we say food or money is scarce. A particular fruit or coin may be rare; scarce applies to demand and use, and almost always to concrete things; to speak of virtue, genius, or heroism as scarce would be somewhat ludicrous. Rare has the added sense of precious, which is sometimes, but not necessarily, blended with that above given; as, a rare gem. Extraordinary, signifying greatly beyond the ordinary, is a neutral word, capable of a high and good sense or of an invidious, opprobrious, or contemptuous signification; as, extraordinary genius; extraordinary wickedness; an extraordinary assumption of power; extraordinary antics; an extraordinary statement is incredible without overwhelming proof.
See synonyms for GENERAL; NORMAL; USUAL.
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How to use precious in a sentence?
We know only that we are living in these bodies and have a vague idea, because we have heard it, and because our faith tells us so, that we possess souls. As to what good qualities there may be in our souls, or who dwells within them, or how precious they are, those are things which seldom consider and so we trouble little about carefully preserving the soul's beauty.
It is true that liberty is precious. So precious that it must be rationed.
Some take a few seconds to understand the values of life and some take the entire values to understand the seconds of life. But, a large group people stranded in between these two poles just keep groping to understand or appreciate the human values and precious seconds of beautiful life.
It was such precious time.
I would like to die peacefully with Thomas Tallis on my iPod before the disease takes me over and I hope that will not be for quite some time to come, because if I knew that I could die at any time I wanted, then suddenly every day would be as precious as a million pounds, if I knew that I could die, I would live. My life, my death, my choice.
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- каштоўны, дарагіBelarusian
- скъп, ценен, скъпоцененBulgarian
- preciósCatalan, Valencian
- drahý, vzácný, drahocennýCzech
- dyrebar, kostbarDanish
- wertvoll, kostbarGerman
- πολύτιμος, επιτηδευμένοςGreek
- lómhar, luachmharIrish
- prìseil, luachmhorScottish Gaelic
- क़ीमती, प्यारा, कीमतीHindi
- becses, drága, értékesHungarian
- adorato, prezioso, unicoItalian
- 大切, 貴重なJapanese
- асыл, гауһарKazakh
- 귀중한, 귀한Korean
- кымбаттуу, асылKyrgyz
- pretiosus, pretiosumLatin
- скап, скапоценMacedonian
- waardevol, kostbaarDutch
- drogi, drogocenny, cennyPolish
- драгоценный, дорогой, ценныйRussian
- drag, dragocen, драг, драгоценSerbo-Croatian
- drahý, vzácnySlovak
- i çmuarAlbanian
- қиматбаҳо, гаронбаҳоTajik
- มีประโยชน์, มีค่า, ล้ำค่าThai
- дорогий, коштовний, дорогоціннийUkrainian
- qimmat, qimmatbahoUzbek
- quý, quý báu, quíVietnamese
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