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Meaning of DELICACY

Pronunciation:  'delukusee

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  1. [n]  lightness in movement or manner
  2. [n]  the quality of being beautiful and delicate in appearance; "the daintiness of her touch"; "the fineness of her features"
  3. [n]  subtly skillful handling of a situation
  4. [n]  lack of physical strength
  5. [n]  smallness of stature
  6. [n]  refined taste; tact
  7. [n]  something considered choice to eat

DELICACY is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: airiness, daintiness, dainty, diplomacy, discreetness, discretion, fineness, finesse, fragility, goody, kickshaw, slightness, treat
 See Also: aliment, alimentation, ambrosia, appreciation, bone marrow, choice morsel, confection, confectionery, discernment, elegance, gelatin, jelly, life, littleness, liveliness, marrow, nectar, nourishment, nutriment, nutrition, perceptiveness, savory, savoury, smallness, spirit, sprightliness, sustenance, sweet, tact, tactfulness, taste, tidbit, titbit, victuals, weakness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Del"i*ca*cy\, n.; pl. {Delicacies}. [From {Delicate},
1. The state or condition of being delicate; agreeableness to
   the senses; delightfulness; as, delicacy of flavor, of
   odor, and the like.

         What choice to choose for delicacy best. --Milton.

2. 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.

3. 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.

         You know your mother's delicacy in this point.

4. Addiction to pleasure; luxury; daintiness; indulgence;
   luxurious or voluptuous treatment.

         And to those dainty limbs which Nature lent For
         gentle usage and soft delicacy?       --Milton.

5. Nice and refined perception and discrimination; critical
   niceness; fastidious accuracy.

         That Augustan delicacy of taste which is the boast
         of the great public schools of England. --Macaulay.

6. The state of being affected by slight causes;
   sensitiveness; as, the delicacy of a chemist's balance.

7. 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.

         The merchants of the earth are waxed rich through
         the abundance of her delicacies.      --Rev. xviii.

8. Pleasure; gratification; delight. [Obs.]

         He Rome brent for his delicacie.      --Chaucer.

Syn: See {Dainty}.

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