Definition of Delicacy

1. Noun. The quality of being beautiful and delicate in appearance. "The fineness of her features"

Exact synonyms: Daintiness, Fineness
Generic synonyms: Elegance
Derivative terms: Dainty



2. Noun. Something considered choice to eat.

3. Noun. Refined taste; tact.
Exact synonyms: Discretion
Generic synonyms: Appreciation, Discernment, Perceptiveness, Taste

4. Noun. Smallness of stature.
Exact synonyms: Slightness
Generic synonyms: Littleness, Smallness
Derivative terms: Slight

5. Noun. Lack of physical strength.
Exact synonyms: Fragility
Generic synonyms: Weakness

6. Noun. Subtly skillful handling of a situation.
Exact synonyms: Diplomacy, Discreetness, Finesse
Generic synonyms: Tact, Tactfulness
Derivative terms: Diplomatic, Diplomatical, Discreet, Discreet

7. Noun. Lightness in movement or manner.
Exact synonyms: Airiness
Generic synonyms: Life, Liveliness, Spirit, Sprightliness

Definition of Delicacy

1. n. The state or condition of being delicate; agreeableness to the senses; delightfulness; as, delicacy of flavor, of odor, and the like.

Definition of Delicacy

1. Noun. The quality of being delicate. ¹

2. Noun. Something appealing, usually a pleasing food, especially a choice dish of a certain culture suggesting rarity and refinement -''a Chinese delicacy'' ¹

3. Noun. Fineness or elegance of construction or appearance. ¹

4. Noun. Frailty of health or fitness. ¹

5. Noun. Refinement in taste or discrimination. ¹

6. Noun. Tact and propriety; the need for such tact. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Delicacy

1. a choice food [n -CIES]

Medical Definition of Delicacy

1. Origin: From Delicate. 1. The state or condition of being delicate; agreeableness to the senses; delightfulness; as, delicacy of flavor, of odour, and the like. "What choice to choose for delicacy best." (Milton) 2. Nicety or fineness of form, texture, or constitution; softness; elegance; smoothness; tenderness; and hence, frailty or weakness; as, the delicacy of a fibre or a thread; delicacy of a hand or of the human form; delicacy of the skin; delicacy of frame. 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. "You know your mother's delicacy in this point." (Cowper) 4. Addiction to pleasure; luxury; daintiness; indulgence; luxurious or voluptuous treatment. "And to those dainty limbs which Nature lent For gentle usage and soft delicacy?" (Milton) 5. Nice and refined perception and discrimination; critical niceness; fastidious accuracy. "That Augustan delicacy of taste which is the boast of the great public schools of England." (Macaulay) 6. The state of being affected by slight causes; sensitiveness; as, the delicacy of a chemist's balance. 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. "The merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies." (Rev. Xviii. 3) 8. Pleasure; gratification; delight. "He Rome brent for his delicacie." (Chaucer) Synonym: See Dainty. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Delicacy

deliberates
deliberating
deliberation
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deliberatively
deliberativeness
deliberatives
deliberator
deliberators
delible
delibly
delibration
delibrations
delicacies
delicacy (current term)
delicata
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delicatessen food
delicatessens
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Literary usage of Delicacy

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1. The Harvard Classics by Charles William Eliot (1909)
"delicacy AN air of robustness arid strength is very prejudicial to beauty. An appearance of delicacy, and even of fragility, is almost essential to it. ..."

2. Spectator (The)by Richard Steele, Joseph Addison by Richard Steele, Joseph Addison (1836)
"Troe delicacy, as I take it, consists in exactness of judgment and dignity of sentiment, or, if you »ill, punty of affection, as this is opposed to ..."

3. Works by Washington Irving (1897)
"Kelly had written a comedy called False delicacy, in which were embodied all the meretricious qualities of the sentimental school. ..."

4. The Harvard Classics by Charles William Eliot (1909)
"delicacy AN air of robustness arid strength is very prejudicial to beauty. An appearance of delicacy, and even of fragility, is almost essential to it. ..."

5. Spectator (The)by Richard Steele, Joseph Addison by Richard Steele, Joseph Addison (1836)
"Troe delicacy, as I take it, consists in exactness of judgment and dignity of sentiment, or, if you »ill, punty of affection, as this is opposed to ..."

6. Works by Washington Irving (1897)
"Kelly had written a comedy called False delicacy, in which were embodied all the meretricious qualities of the sentimental school. ..."

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