Definitions for delicacy
ˈdɛl ɪ kə sidel·i·ca·cy
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daintiness, delicacy, finenessnoun
the quality of being beautiful and delicate in appearance
"the daintiness of her touch"; "the fineness of her features"
dainty, delicacy, goody, kickshaw, treatnoun
something considered choice to eat
refined taste; tact
smallness of stature
lack of physical strength
delicacy, diplomacy, discreetness, finessenoun
subtly skillful handling of a situation
lightness in movement or manner
The quality of being delicate.
Something appealing, usually a pleasing food, especially a choice dish of a certain culture suggesting rarity and refinement -a Chinese delicacy
Fineness or elegance of construction or appearance.
Frailty of health or fitness.
Refinement in taste or discrimination.
Tact and propriety; the need for such tact.
Etymology: From delicacie, from delicat, from delicatus
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: delicatesse, French, of deliciæ, Latin.
On hospitable thoughts intent,
What choice to chuse for delicacy best. John Milton, Parad. Lost.
I mean of taste, sight, smell, herbs, fruits and flow’rs,
Walks, and the melody of birds. John Milton, Paradise Lost.
She had never seen a man of a more goodly presence, in whom strong making took not away delicacy, nor beauty fierceness. Philip Sidney, b. ii.
Van Dyck has even excelled him in the delicacy of his colouring, and in his cabinet pieces. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.
Persons in those posts are usually born of families noble and rich, and so derive a weakness of constitution from the ease and luxury of their ancestors, and the delicacy of their own education. William Temple.
A delicacy is a food item that is considered highly desirable in certain cultures because of its unique taste, texture, or rarity. It often refers to gourmet foods or dishes that require special preparation or are associated with a particular region or tradition. Additionally, the term delicacy can also refer to the quality of being delicate or fragile.
the state or condition of being delicate; agreeableness to the senses; delightfulness; as, delicacy of flavor, of odor, and the like
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
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
addiction to pleasure; luxury; daintiness; indulgence; luxurious or voluptuous treatment
nice and refined perception and discrimination; critical niceness; fastidious accuracy
the state of being affected by slight causes; sensitiveness; as, the delicacy of a chemist's balance
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
pleasure; gratification; delight
The numerical value of delicacy in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of delicacy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
It's unconventional grist, to be sure, and musical theater is better for it, the material is handled with such delicacy and expertise that it speaks universally about big things that matter: life, love, family, surviving.
Their bright, resonant sopranos blend impeccably; Davie's Violet tackles the top notes with a delicacy and ardor that emphasize fragility and fear, while Padgett gives Daisy pluck and wit.
A villain must be a thing of power, handled with delicacy and grace. He must be wicked enough to excite our aversion, strong enough to arouse our fear, human enough to awaken some transient gleam of sympathy. We must triumph in his downfall, yet not barbarously nor with contempt, and the close of his career must be in harmony with all its previous development.
Dance is that delicacy of life radiating every particle of our existence with happiness
A footman may swear; but he cannot swear like a lord. He can swear as often: but can he swear with equal delicacy, propriety, and judgment?
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Translations for delicacy
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- изтънченост, лакомство, деликатес, деликатностBulgarian
- Feinheit, Köstlichkeit, Delikatesse, Leckerbissen, ZartheitGerman
- manjar, golosina, delicadeza, exquisitez, fragilidad, finezaSpanish
- herkku, herkullisuus, hienostuneisuusFinnish
- délicatesse, gourmandiseFrench
- íogaireacht, leiceachtIrish
- デリカシー, 美味, 珍味Japanese
- DelikatessLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- delikatesseNorwegian Nynorsk
- iguaria, guloseima, fineza, delicadeza, refinamentoPortuguese
- деликатность, деликатес, утончённость, лакомство, изысканностьRussian
- pòslastica, dȅlikātnōst, delikatèsaSerbo-Croatian
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