[ UK /dˈɛlɪkəsi/ ]
[ US /ˈdɛɫəkəsi, ˈdɛɫɪkəsi/ ]
  1. lightness in movement or manner
  2. subtly skillful handling of a situation
  3. smallness of stature
  4. the quality of being beautiful and delicate in appearance
    the fineness of her features
    the daintiness of her touch
  5. lack of physical strength
  6. something considered choice to eat
  7. refined taste; tact
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How To Use delicacy In A Sentence

  • The officials and diplomats spoke anonymously because of the delicacy of the negotiations on what tack to take on Iran.
  • He took an aesthete's view that some of the writing in the issue was ‘indecent in the sense of offending against delicacy’ but ‘would not deprave or corrupt save in point of literary style’.
  • Served rare, the meat of squab is a heady delicacy, both earthy and elegant.
  • A spider web, revealing its geometric perfection, hung half across one corner of the rude casement; the moonbeams without were individualized in fine filar delicacy, like the ravellings of a silver skein. The Riddle Of The Rocks 1895
  • The space between these anterior and posterior openings makes a large chamber, divided by a vertical wall into halves, each of which is still further separated into three irregular cavities by three bones, called spongy, from the porosity and delicacy of their texture. Hygienic Physiology : with Special Reference to the Use of Alcoholic Drinks and Narcotics
  • In Beethoven's Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 44, the trio contrasted the music's delicacy with sheer boisterousness. Emerson opens string quartet festival with well-played Schonberg
  • Fortunately, she was lapping the soup up with great neatness and delicacy, which was sort of a relief: Jinx had been afraid she was going to slop it all over the table.
  • The grass plains have long been home to the rhea, whose eggs are thought a delicacy, as well as the flesh, which is either jerked or eaten fresh.
  • Here was a soft-pedalled, soft-grained performance, miraculous in its level of delicacy attained and avoidance of the precious. Times, Sunday Times
  • Food is less available and expensive food such as red meat is a rare delicacy. Coping with Angina
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