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Definitions for exquisite
ɪkˈskwɪz ɪt, ˈɛk skwɪ zɪt; ˈɛk skwɪ zɪt; ɪkˈskwɪz ɪtex·quis·ite

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. exquisite, keenadjective

    intense or sharp

    "suffered exquisite pain"; "felt exquisite pleasure"

  2. exquisite, rechercheadjective

    lavishly elegant and refined

  3. dainty, exquisiteadjective

    delicately beautiful

    "a dainty teacup"; "an exquisite cameo"

  4. exquisiteadjective

    of extreme beauty

    "her exquisite face"


  1. exquisitenoun

    Fop, dandy.

  2. exquisiteadjective

    Especially fine or pleasing; exceptional.

    They sell good coffee and pastries, but their chocolate is exquisite.

  3. exquisiteadjective

    Carefully adjusted; precise; accurate; exact.

  4. exquisiteadjective

    Recherché; far-fetched; abstruse.

  5. exquisiteadjective

    Of special beauty or rare excellence.

  6. Etymology: From exquisitus, perfect passive participle of exquiro.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. EXQUISITEadjective

    Etymology: exquisitus, Latin.

    His absolute exactness they imitate by tending unto that which is most exquisite in every particular. Richard Hooker, b. i. s. 5.

    Why should the state be troubled with this needless charge of keeping and maintaining so great a navy in such exquisite perfection and readiness? Walter Raleigh, Essays.

    Adam and Eve, before the fall, were a different species; and none but a poet of the most unbounded invention, and the most exquisite judgment, could have fitted their conversation and behaviour to their state of innocence. Addison.

    The pleasures of sense are probably relished by beasts in a more exquisite degree than they are by men; for they taste them sincere and pure, without being distracted in the pursuit, or disquieted in the use of them. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    With exquisite malice they have mixed the gall and vinegar of falsity and contempt. Charles I .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exquisiteadjective

    carefully selected or sought out; hence, of distinguishing and surpassing quality; exceedingly nice; delightfully excellent; giving rare satisfaction; as, exquisite workmanship

  2. Exquisiteadjective

    exceeding; extreme; keen; -- used in a bad or a good sense; as, exquisite pain or pleasure

  3. Exquisiteadjective

    of delicate perception or close and accurate discrimination; not easy to satisfy; exact; nice; fastidious; as, exquisite judgment, taste, or discernment

  4. Exquisitenoun

    one who manifests an exquisite attention to external appearance; one who is overnice in dress or ornament; a fop; a dandy

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Exquisite

    eks′kwi-zit, adj. of superior quality: excellent: of delicate perception or close discrimination: not easily satisfied: fastidious: exceeding, extreme, as pain or pleasure.—n. one exquisitely nice or refined in dress: a fop.—adv. Ex′quisitely.—n. Ex′quisiteness. [L. exquisitusex, out, quærĕre, quæsitum, to seek.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of exquisite in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of exquisite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of exquisite in a Sentence

  1. Oscar Wilde:

    A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want?

  2. Bob Goalby:

    There’s a part where he says, ‘ I was particularly thrilled by your exquisite second shot to the 15th, which was the finest I have seen played to that hole. ’ Jones was present when Gene Sarazen made Gene Sarazen double eagle there in 1935, so that’s some high praise.

  3. Sir Martin Archer Shee:

    Dug from the tomb of taste-refining time, Each form is exquisite, each block sublime. Or good, or bad,-disfigur'd, or deprav'd,- All art, is at its resurrection sav'd All crown'd with glory in the critic's heav'n, Each merit magnified, each fault forgiven.

  4. Qasem Soleimani:

    Look, it's always difficult, even with the exquisite intelligence that we have, to know exactly what the targets are but it's certainly consistent with the intelligence to assume that they would have hit embassies in at least four countries.

  5. Joseph Roux:

    Poetry is the exquisite expression of exquisite expressions.

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