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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. State or quality of being delicate: anything delicate or dainty.
  7. Quality of being delicate; anything delicate or dainty.
  8. Fineness; daintiness; sensitiveness; fragility.
  9. A luxury; dainty.
  10. Refinement; fastidiousness; nicety.
  11. The state of being delicate; anything delicate to the taste.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Addiction to pleasure; luxury; daintiness; indulgence; luxurious or voluptuous treatment.
  15. Nice and refined perception and discrimination; critical niceness; fastidious accuracy.
  16. The state of being affected by slight causes; sensitiveness; as, the delicacy of a chemist's balance.
  17. Pleasure; gratification; delight.
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