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Definition of Delicacy

Delicacy

  1. The state or condition of being delicate; agreeableness to the senses; delightfulness; as, delicacy of flavor, of odor, and the like.
  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. 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. Addiction to pleasure; luxury; daintiness; indulgence; luxurious or voluptuous treatment.
  5. Nice and refined perception and discrimination; critical niceness; fastidious accuracy.
  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.
  8. Pleasure; gratification; delight.

Delicacy Quotations

Femininity is not just lipstick, stylish hairdos, and trendy clothes. It is the divine adornment of humanity. It finds expression in your qualities of your capacity to love, your spirituality, delicacy, radiance, sensitivity, creativity, charm, graciousness, gentleness, dignity, and quiet strength.
James E. Faust

It is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are they the result of previous study?
Jane Austen

The truly powerful feed ideology to the masses like fast food while they dine on the most rarified delicacy of all: impunity.
Naomi Klein

Such lovely warmth of thought and delicacy of colour are beyond all praise, and equally beyond all thanks!
Marie Corelli

Mendelssohn I consider the first musician of the day; I doff my hat to him as my superior. He plays with everything, especially with the grouping of the instruments in the orchestra, but with such ease, delicacy and art, with such mastery throughout.
Robert Schumann
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Delicacy Translations

delicacy in Afrikaans is lekkers
delicacy in Dutch is snoep, snoepgoed, lekkernij
delicacy in Italian is attenzione
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