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Definition of Delicate

Delicate

  1. Addicted to pleasure; luxurious; voluptuous; alluring.
  2. Pleasing to the senses; refinedly agreeable; hence, adapted to please a nice or cultivated taste; nice; fine; elegant; as, a delicate dish; delicate flavor.
  3. Slight and shapely; lovely; graceful; as, "a delicate creature."
  4. Fine or slender; minute; not coarse; -- said of a thread, or the like; as, delicate cotton.
  5. Slight or smooth; light and yielding; -- said of texture; as, delicate lace or silk.
  6. Soft and fair; -- said of the skin or a surface; as, a delicate cheek; a delicate complexion.
  7. Light, or softly tinted; -- said of a color; as, a delicate blue.
  8. Refined; gentle; scrupulous not to trespass or offend; considerate; -- said of manners, conduct, or feelings; as, delicate behavior; delicate attentions; delicate thoughtfulness.
  9. Tender; not able to endure hardship; feeble; frail; effeminate; -- said of constitution, health, etc.; as, a delicate child; delicate health.
  10. Requiring careful handling; not to be rudely or hastily dealt with; nice; critical; as, a delicate subject or question.
  11. Of exacting tastes and habits; dainty; fastidious.
  12. Nicely discriminating or perceptive; refinedly critical; sensitive; exquisite; as, a delicate taste; a delicate ear for music.
  13. Affected by slight causes; showing slight changes; as, a delicate thermometer.
  14. A choice dainty; a delicacy.
  15. A delicate, luxurious, or effeminate person.

Delicate Quotations

When you see how fragile and delicate life can be, all else fades into the background.
Jenna Morasca

The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.
Steven Spielberg

Absences are a good influence in love and keep it bright and delicate.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Acting deals with very delicate emotions. It is not putting up a mask. Each time an actor acts he does not hide; he exposes himself.
Rodney Dangerfield

The devil put before me that I could not endure the trials of the religious life, because of my delicate nurture. I defended myself against him by alleging the trials which Christ endured, and that it was not much for me to suffer something for His sake; besides, He would help me to bear it.
Saint Teresa of Avila
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Delicate Translations

delicate in Afrikaans is teer, delikaat
delicate in Dutch is kies, delicaat, gevoelig, iel
delicate in German is zart, lecker
delicate in Italian is esile, elegante
delicate in Latin is tener tenera tenerum
delicate in Portuguese is delicado
delicate in Spanish is delgado, delicado, fino, delicado, enredoso
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