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Definition of "delicacy" []

  • The quality of being delicate. (noun)
  • Something pleasing and appealing, especially a choice food. (noun)
  • Fineness of appearance, construction, or execution; elegance: brushwork of great delicacy. (noun)
  • Frailty of bodily constitution or health. (noun)
  • Sensitivity of perception, discrimination, or taste; refinement. (noun)
  • Fine or subtle quality, character, construction, etc (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Fragile, soft, or graceful beauty (noun)
  • Something that is considered choice to eat, such as caviar (noun)
  • Fragile construction or constitution; frailty (noun)
  • Refinement of feeling, manner, or appreciation (noun)
  • Fussy or squeamish refinement, esp in matters of taste, propriety, etc (noun)
  • Need for tactful or sensitive handling (noun)
  • Accuracy or sensitivity of response or operation, as of an instrument (noun)
  • (in systemic grammar) the level of detail at which a linguistic description is made; the degree of fine distinction in a linguistic description (noun)
  • Gratification, luxury, or voluptuousness (noun)

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Use "delicacy" in a sentence
  • ""Motives of delicacy, my dear Emilie," said Mrs. Somers, softening her tone, but still with an air of dissatisfaction -- "motives of delicacy, my dear Emilie, are mighty pretty sounding words; and at your age I used to think them mighty grand things; but I have long since found out that _motives of delicacy_ are usually the excuse of weak minds for not speaking the plain truth to their friends."
  • "The first thing you will need for this delicacy is a big bowl."
  • "-- All the faults I have ever seen in my friend Faulkland seemed to proceed from what he calls the delicacy and warmth of his affection for you -- There, marry him directly, Julia; you'll find he'll mend surprisingly!"