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del·i·cate

 (dĕl′ĭ-kĭt)
adj.
1. Pleasing to the senses, especially in a subtle way: a delicate flavor; a delicate violin passage.
2.
a. Easily broken or damaged: a kite too delicate to fly.
b. Exquisitely fine or dainty: delicate china. See Synonyms at exquisite.
c. Frail in constitution or health.
3.
a. Marked by sensitivity of discrimination: a critic's delicate perception.
b. Very subtle in difference or distinction.
4.
a. Having or showing great consideration or care: delicate remarks concerning the scandal.
b. Requiring careful or tactful treatment: a delicate situation.
5. Fine or soft in touch or skill: a surgeon's delicate touch.
6. Measuring, indicating, or responding to very small changes; precise: a delicate set of scales.

[Middle English delicat and French délicat, both from Latin dēlicātus, pleasing; akin to dēlicia, pleasure; see delicious.]

del′i·cate·ly adv.
del′i·cate·ness n.

delicate

(ˈdɛlɪkɪt)
adj
1. exquisite, fine, or subtle in quality, character, construction, etc
2. having a soft or fragile beauty
3. (of colour, tone, taste, etc) pleasantly subtle, soft, or faint
4. easily damaged or injured; lacking robustness, esp in health; fragile
5. precise, skilled, or sensitive in action or operation: a delicate mechanism.
6. requiring tact and diplomacy
7. sensitive in feeling or manner; showing regard for the feelings of others
8. excessively refined; squeamish
n
(Cookery) archaic a delicacy; dainty
[C14: from Latin dēlicātus affording pleasure, from dēliciae (pl) delight, pleasure; see delicious]
ˈdelicately adv
ˈdelicateness n

del•i•cate

(ˈdɛl ɪ kɪt)

adj.
1. fine in texture, quality, construction, etc.
2. fragile; easily damaged; frail.
3. so fine as to be scarcely perceptible; subtle: a delicate flavor.
4. soft or faint, as color.
5. fine or precise in action or execution: a delicate performance.
6. requiring great care, caution, or tact: a delicate situation.
7. capable of distinguishing subtle differences: a delicate sense of smell.
8. regardful of what is becoming or proper: a delicate sense of propriety.
9. choice: delicate tidbits.
10. squeamish: not a movie for the delicate viewer.
11. Obs. sensuous; voluptuous.
[1325–75; Middle English delicat < Latin dēlicātus luxury-loving, delicate]
del′i•cate•ly, adv.
del′i•cate•ness, n.
syn: delicate, dainty, exquisite imply beauty or subtle refinement such as might belong in rich surroundings. delicate suggests something fragile, soft, light, or fine: a delicate carving. dainty suggests a smallness, gracefulness, and beauty that forbids rough handling: a dainty handkerchief; of persons, it refers to fastidious sensibilities: a dainty eater. exquisite suggests an outstanding beauty and elegance that appeals to the most refined taste: an exquisite diamond ring.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.delicate - exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury; "a delicate violin passage"; "delicate china"; "a delicate flavor"; "the delicate wing of a butterfly"
breakable - capable of being broken or damaged; "earthenware pottery is breakable"; "breakable articles should be packed carefully"
frail - physically weak; "an invalid's frail body"
weak - wanting in physical strength; "a weak pillar"
rugged - sturdy and strong in constitution or construction; enduring; "with a house full of boys you have to have rugged furniture"
2.delicate - marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique; "a surgeon's delicate touch"
skilled - having or showing or requiring special skill; "only the most skilled gymnasts make an Olympic team"; "a skilled surgeon has many years of training and experience"; "a skilled reconstruction of her damaged elbow"; "a skilled trade"
3.delicate - easily broken or damaged or destroyed; "a kite too delicate to fly safely"; "fragile porcelain plates"; "fragile old bones"; "a frail craft"
breakable - capable of being broken or damaged; "earthenware pottery is breakable"; "breakable articles should be packed carefully"
4.delicate - easily hurt; "soft hands"; "a baby's delicate skin"
untoughened, tender - physically untoughened; "tender feet"
5.delicate - developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety; "the satire touches with finespun ridicule every kind of human pretense"
refined - (used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel; "she was delicate and refined and unused to hardship"; "refined people with refined taste"
6.delicate - difficult to handle; requiring great tact; "delicate negotiations with the big powers";"hesitates to be explicit on so ticklish a matter"; "a touchy subject"
difficult, hard - not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure; "a difficult task"; "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access"; "difficult times"; "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"
7.delicate - of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely; "almost undetectable with even the most delicate instruments"
sensitive - responsive to physical stimuli; "a mimosa's leaves are sensitive to touch"; "a sensitive voltmeter"; "sensitive skin"; "sensitive to light"

delicate

adjective
1. fine, detailed, elegant, exquisite, graceful china with a delicate design
2. subtle, fine, nice, soft, delicious, faint, refined, muted, subdued, pastel, understated, dainty The colours are delicate and tasteful.
subtle strong, bright, rough, harsh
3. fragile, weak, frail, brittle, tender, flimsy, dainty, breakable, frangible Although the material looks tough, it is very delicate.
4. sickly, weak, ailing, frail, feeble, unhealthy, debilitated, lacklustre, infirm, in poor health, indisposed She was physically delicate and psychologically unstable.
sickly strong, healthy
5. difficult, critical, sensitive, complicated, sticky (informal), problematic, precarious, thorny, touchy, knotty, ticklish the delicate issue of adoption
6. skilled, accurate, precise, deft A cosmetic surgeon performed the delicate operation.
7. fastidious, nice, critical, pure, Victorian, proper, refined, discriminating, stuffy, scrupulous, prim, puritanical, squeamish, prudish, prissy (informal), strait-laced, schoolmarmish (Brit. informal), old-maidish (informal) He didn't want to offend his mother's delicate sensibilities.
fastidious rough, crude
8. diplomatic, sensitive, careful, subtle, thoughtful, discreet, prudent, considerate, judicious, tactful a situation which requires delicate handling
diplomatic rough, harsh, insensitive, inconsiderate, indelicate

delicate

adjective
1. Appealing to refined taste:
3. Easily broken or damaged:
4. Showing sensitivity and skill in dealing with others:
5. Requiring great tact or skill:
6. Free from severity or violence, as in movement:
7. Able to make or detect effects of great subtlety or precision:
8. So slight as to be difficult to notice or appreciate:
Translations
دَقيقرَقِيقلَذيذ، رَهيف، رَقيقناعِم، رَقيق
jemnýchoulostivýkřehkýožehavýrozklepaný
delikatfinfintmærkendelækkerømtålelig
hieno
delikatan
fíngerîurhárfínn, fíngerîurnæmurveikbyggîur, viîkvæmur
優美な
섬세한
gležnasjautruskeblusskanėstassubtiliai
delikātsgleznsjutīgsmaigssmalks
finneženobčutljivprefinjentanek
känslig
ละเอียดอ่อน
mịn màng

delicate

[ˈdelɪkɪt] ADJ
1. (= fine, subtle) [features, fabric, workmanship, instrument] → delicado; [flavour, fragrance, food] → exquisito; [touch] → suave
2. (= fragile) [china, balance, ecosystem] → frágil; [person, health, skin, liver] → delicado
I'm feeling rather delicate this morning (hum) → estoy un tanto delicado esta mañana (hum)
3. (= sensitive, awkward) [situation, problem, task, negotiations] → delicado, difícil

delicate

[ˈdɛlɪkət] adj
(= dainty) [object] → délicat(e)
(= not strong) [flavour] → délicat(e)
(= fragile) [object, fabric] → délicat(e)
(= frail) [person, health] → délicat(e), fragile
(= difficult) [issue, matter, situation] → délicat(e)

delicate

adj
(= fine, dainty)fein; colourzart; fooddelikat; flavourfein; (= fragile) person, bones, chinazerbrechlich; fabric, flower, stomachempfindlich; health, personzart; in a delicate condition (dated euph)in anderen Umständen; she’s feeling a bit delicate after the partynach der Party fühlt sie sich etwas angeschlagen
(= sensitive) personfeinfühlig; mannerfeinfühlig, delikat; instrumentempfindlich; taskfein; playinggefühlvoll; he has a delicate touch (pianist, artist)er hat sehr viel Gefühl
(= requiring skilful handling) operation, subject, situationheikel, delikat
delicates
pl (= fabrics)Feinwäsche f

delicate

[ˈdɛlɪkɪt] adj (gen) → delicato/a; (workmanship, design) → fine

delicate

(ˈdelikət) adjective
1. requiring special treatment or careful handling. delicate china; a delicate situation/problem.
2. of fine texture etc; dainty. a delicate pattern; the delicate skin of a child.
3. able to do fine, accurate work. a delicate instrument.
4. subtle. a delicate wine; a delicate shade of blue.
ˈdelicately adverb
ˈdelicacyplural ˈdelicacies noun
1. the state or quality of being delicate.
2. something delicious and special to eat. Caviare is a delicacy.

delicate

رَقِيق jemný delikat fein λεπτεπίλεπτος delicado hieno délicat delikatan delicato 優美な 섬세한 verfijnd utsøkt delikatny delicado изящный känslig ละเอียดอ่อน hassas mịn màng 清秀的

del·i·cate

a. delicado-a; sensible; fino.

delicate

adj delicado, frágil; (subject) delicado
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I was the accomplished graduate of a dry goods store, where, by dint of ministering to the whims of fine ladies, and suiting silken hose to delicate limbs, and handling satins, ribbons, chintzes calicoes, tapes, gauze, and cambric needles, I grew up a very ladylike sort of a gentleman.
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The eyes were large and brown and lustrous, the mouth sweet and sensitive, and the face itself a delicate oval, though sun and exposure to briny wind had burnt the face scarlet.
He remarked the little attentions of the ugly deaf man, his obedience, his delicate and submissive ways with the gypsy.
His vest was a shaggy satin of a delicate cream color, and his knee-breeches of rose velvet trimmed like the coat.
you should not blame them for a lack of the finer elements of feeling and expression which after a thousand years of civilization distinguish such delicate spirits as Keats and Tennyson.
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This was Speranski's cold, mirrorlike look, which did not allow one to penetrate to his soul, and his delicate white hands, which Prince Andrew involuntarily watched as one does watch the hands of those who possess power.
Secondly, that what is commonly called love, namely, the desire of satisfying a voracious appetite with a certain quantity of delicate white human flesh, is by no means that passion for which I here contend.
For this new edition adds to the original merits of the work the very substantial charm of abundant illustrations, first-rate in subject and execution, and of three kinds--copper-plate likenesses of actors and other personages connected with theatrical history; a series of delicate, picturesque, highly detailed woodcuts of theatrical topography, chiefly the little old theatres; and, by way of tail-pieces to the chapters, a second series of woodcuts of a vigour and reality of information, within very limited compass, which make one think of Callot and the German [76] "little masters," depicting Garrick and other famous actors in their favourite scenes.
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In those days it was thought rather coarse for a young lady to have too hearty an appetite, and she was more admired if she was delicate about what she ate.