delicateness


delicateness

adjective

  1. fine in texture, quality, construction, etc.: a delicate lace collar.
  2. fragile; easily damaged; frail: delicate porcelain; a delicate child.
  3. so fine as to be scarcely perceptible; subtle: a delicate flavor.
  4. soft or faint, as color: a delicate shade of pink.
  5. fine or precise in action or execution; capable of responding to the slightest influence: a delicate instrument.
  6. requiring great care, caution, or tact: a delicate international situation.
  7. distinguishing subtle differences: a delicate eye; a delicate sense of smell.
  8. exquisite or refined in perception or feeling; sensitive.
  9. regardful of what is becoming, proper, etc.: a delicate sense of propriety.
  10. mindful of or sensitive to the feelings of others: a delicate refusal.
  11. dainty or choice, as food: delicate tidbits.
  12. primly fastidious; squeamish: not a movie for the delicate viewer.
  13. Obsolete. sensuous; voluptuous.

noun

  1. Archaic. a choice food; delicacy.
  2. Obsolete. a source of pleasure; luxury.

adjective

  1. exquisite, fine, or subtle in quality, character, construction, etc
  2. having a soft or fragile beauty
  3. (of colour, tone, taste, etc) pleasantly subtle, soft, or faint
  4. easily damaged or injured; lacking robustness, esp in health; fragile
  5. precise, skilled, or sensitive in action or operationa delicate mechanism
  6. requiring tact and diplomacy
  7. sensitive in feeling or manner; showing regard for the feelings of others
  8. excessively refined; squeamish

noun

  1. archaic a delicacy; dainty
adj.

late 14c., “self-indulgent, loving ease; delightful; sensitive, easily hurt; feeble,” from Latin delicatus “alluring, delightful, dainty,” also “addicted to pleasure, luxurious, effeminate;” of uncertain origin; related by folk etymology (and perhaps genuinely) to deliciae “a pet,” and delicere “to allure, entice” (see delicious). Meaning “easily broken” is recorded from 1560s.

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