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Definitions of delicacy

  1. the quality of being beautiful and delicate in appearance; "the daintiness of her touch"; "the fineness of her features" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. subtly skillful handling of a situation Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. smallness of stature Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. Nice propriety of manners or conduct; susceptibility or tenderness of feeling; refinement; fastidiousness; and hence, in an exaggerated sense, effeminacy; as, great delicacy of behavior; delicacy in doing a kindness; delicacy of character that unfits for earnest action. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The state or quality of being agreeable to the taste or other senses; a luxury; grace; sensitiveness; refinement; sensibility; consideration for the feelings of others; sensitiveness to disease. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. State or quality of being delicate: anything delicate or dainty. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Quality of being delicate; anything delicate or dainty. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. Fineness; daintiness; sensitiveness; fragility. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. A luxury; dainty. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. Refinement; fastidiousness; nicety. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. The state of being delicate; anything delicate to the taste. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. Fineness of texture; a thing dainty and pleasant to the taste; elegance of feminine beauty in form or dress; a nice propriety in civility or politeness, proceeding from a desire to please; tenderness or consideration; tenderness of constitution; weakness. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. The state or condition of being delicate; agreeableness to the senses; delightfulness; as, delicacy of flavor, of odor, and the like. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Nicety or fineness of form, texture, or constitution; softness; elegance; smoothness; tenderness; and hence, frailty or weakness; as, the delicacy of a fiber or a thread; delicacy of a hand or of the human form; delicacy of the skin; delicacy of frame. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Addiction to pleasure; luxury; daintiness; indulgence; luxurious or voluptuous treatment. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Nice and refined perception and discrimination; critical niceness; fastidious accuracy. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. The state of being affected by slight causes; sensitiveness; as, the delicacy of a chemist's balance. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Pleasure; gratification; delight. Webster Dictionary DB

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Usage examples for delicacy

  1. The King spoke irritably, and the Ambassador felt the delicacy and difficulty of the position. – Princess Maritza by Percy Brebner
  2. Believe me, silence is mistaken delicacy – The Crown of Life by George Gissing
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