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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 felt delicate about taking any, as I couldn't return them, and I'm actually suffering for one.
Born of a delicate and overworked mother, and an impulsive, hard, imaginative father, who did not look with favor upon her coming into the world, Louise was from childhood a neurotic, one of the race of over-sensitive women that in later days in- dustrialism was to bring in such great numbers into the world.
He had a delicate skin, easily roughened by sun and wind.
Madame Ratignolle removed her veil, wiped her face with a rather delicate handkerchief, and fanned herself with the fan which she always carried suspended somewhere about her person by a long, narrow ribbon.
His head was large; his shoulders narrow; his arms long and dangling; while his hands were small, if not delicate.
We got a billiard-table over from Stockton," half bashfully interrupted Dick Mattingly, struggling from his end of the trunk to recover his composure, "and it had to be brought over in sections on the back of a mule, so I don't see why--" He stopped short again in confusion, at a sign from his brother, and then added, "I mean, of course, that a piano is a heap more delicate, and valuable, and all that sort of thing, but it's worth trying for.
The matter is disagreeably delicate to handle; but, since the reader must needs be let into the secret, he will please to understand, that, about a century ago, the head of the Pyncheons found himself involved in serious financial difficulties.
So little adapted is the atmosphere of a Custom-house to the delicate harvest of fancy and sensibility, that, had I remained there through ten Presidencies yet to come, I doubt whether the tale of "The Scarlet Letter" would ever have been brought before the public eye.
Though in life it remains perfectly fluid, yet, upon exposure to the air, after death, it soon begins to concrete; sending forth beautiful crystalline shoots, as when the first thin delicate ice is just forming in water.
Lecount gave me indirectly to understand that the subject to be discussed was of too delicate a nature to permit of my presence.
No Dunsey had come back: people had made up their minds that he was gone for a soldier, or gone "out of the country", and no one cared to be specific in their inquiries on a subject delicate to a respectable family.
Two questions of a very delicate nature present themselves on this occasion: 1.