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Delicacy meaning

delicacy - 9 dictionary results

  1. 1. The state or condition of being delicate; agreeableness to the senses; delightfulness; as, delicacy of flavor, of odor, and the like.
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. Addiction to pleasure; luxury; daintiness; indulgence; luxurious or voluptuous treatment.
  5. 5. Nice and refined perception and discrimination; critical niceness; fastidious accuracy.
  6. 6. The state of being affected by slight causes; sensitiveness; as, the delicacy of a chemist's balance.
  7. 7. That which is alluring, delicate, or refined; a luxury or pleasure; something pleasant to the senses, especially to the sense of taste; a dainty; as, delicacies of the table.
  8. 8. Pleasure; gratification; delight.
  9. 9. Quality of being delicate; anything delicate or dainty.

delicacy - examples of usage

  1. He objected, however, to using the student's gold, notwithstanding that his own was nearly exhausted; but this objection was soon overcome; the student insisted on making it a common stock and common cause;- and then how absurd was any delicacy about such a trifle, with men who looked forward to discovering the philosopher's stone! - "Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists", Washington Irving.
  2. It was succeeded by a scene in the Deanery drawing- room when, to herself indignant, he had pleaded his delicacy of constitution. - "The Rough Road", William John Locke.
  3. You have a delicacy of mind and of feeling. - "The Rough Road", William John Locke.
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