Definitions of delicacy

  1. the quality of being beautiful and delicate in appearance; " the daintiness of her touch"; " the fineness of her features"
  2. subtly skillful handling of a situation
  3. smallness of stature
  4. refined taste; tact
  5. The state or condition of being delicate; agreeableness to the senses; delightfulness; as, delicacy of flavor, of odor, and the like.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Addiction to pleasure; luxury; daintiness; indulgence; luxurious or voluptuous treatment.
  9. Nice and refined perception and discrimination; critical niceness; fastidious accuracy.
  10. The state of being affected by slight causes; sensitiveness; as, the delicacy of a chemist's balance.
  11. Pleasure; gratification; delight.
  12. The state or quality of being agreeable to the taste or other senses; a luxury; grace; sensitiveness; refinement; sensibility; consideration for the feelings of others; sensitiveness to disease.
  13. State or quality of being delicate: anything delicate or dainty.
  14. Quality of being delicate; anything delicate or dainty.
  15. Fineness; daintiness; sensitiveness; fragility.
  16. A luxury; dainty.
  17. Refinement; fastidiousness; nicety.
  18. The state of being delicate; anything delicate to the taste.
  19. Fineness of texture; a thing dainty and pleasant to the taste; elegance of feminine beauty in form or dress; a nice propriety in civility or politeness, proceeding from a desire to please; tenderness or consideration; tenderness of constitution; weakness.

Usage examples for delicacy

  1. The King spoke irritably, and the Ambassador felt the delicacy and difficulty of the position. – Princess Maritza by Percy Brebner
  2. Believe me, silence is mistaken delicacy. – The Crown of Life by George Gissing
  3. He sent the boy out into the village with orders to get some delicacy in our honour. – By Desert Ways to Baghdad by Louisa Jebb
  4. He felt great delicacy in telling what he had to tell her of the events of that day. – Love and Lucy by Maurice Henry Hewlett
  5. His father laughed, and declared that he was very glad of it, for he had some delicacy in asking favors for a member of his own family. – Within The Enemy's Lines SERIES: The Blue and the Gray--Afloat by Oliver Optic
  6. Out of delicacy, she had never enquired about my means, and I felt grateful to her for that reserve. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  7. All delicacy it seems is to be at an end with me! – Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9) History Of A Young Lady by Samuel Richardson
  8. Through delicacy, the Tarasconian did not dare to question further. – Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet
  9. They could not be spared from hence; and there was a delicacy about taking them from Ireland. – Selected-Speeches-on-British-Foreign-Policy-1738-1914 by Jones, Edgar R. (Edgar Rees), Sir
  10. A sense of delicacy kept Lilly to her room that bright cold Sunday. – Star-Dust A Story of an American Girl by Fannie Hurst
  11. He explained that he felt some delicacy about showing the pipe to any but a regular customer, and was willing to take a little under cost price and 'cut the loss. – The House of Souls by Arthur Machen
  12. His delicacy of sentiment is really exaggerated! – 'O Thou, My Austria!' by Ossip Schubin
  13. " It showed great tact, and I may say- delicacy," said Sam. – Captain Jinks, Hero by Ernest Crosby
  14. " There is no need of delicacy on this occasion," replied Friend Hopper. – Isaac T. Hopper by L. Maria Child
  15. " The lady's position is one of great delicacy," continued John. – The Main Chance by Meredith Nicholson
  16. The long white fingers took them out, and even in the act the girl appreciated the delicacy which should have placed them there until the letter should first have been read. – The Heath Hover Mystery by Bertram Mitford