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tact

 (tăkt)
n.
Acute sensitivity to what is proper and appropriate in dealing with others, including the ability to speak or act without offending.

[French, from Old French, sense of touch, from Latin tāctus, from past participle of tangere, to touch; see tag- in Indo-European roots.]

tact

(tækt)
n
1. a sense of what is fitting and considerate in dealing with others, so as to avoid giving offence or to win good will; discretion
2. skill or judgment in handling difficult or delicate situations; diplomacy
[C17: from Latin tactus a touching, from tangere to touch]
ˈtactful adj
ˈtactfully adv
ˈtactfulness n
ˈtactless adj
ˈtactlessly adv
ˈtactlessness n

tact

(tækt)

n.
1. a keen sense of what to say or do to avoid giving offense; skill in dealing with difficult situations; diplomacy.
2. a keen sense of what is appropriate or tasteful.
[1150–1200; < Latin tāctus sense of touch <tag-, variant s. of tangere to touch]

tact

, taction - Tact first referred to the sense of touch, from Latin tactus, "touch, sense of touch"; taction is the action of touching.
See also related terms for touching.

Tact

 

See Also: INSULTS

  1. Diplomacy, like politics, is the art of the possible —George W. Ball
  2. A diplomatic note is like an anonymous letter. You can call a fellow anything you want, for nobody can find out exactly whose name was signed to it —Will Rogers
  3. Discretion like a good priest —George Garrett
  4. Had about as much finesse as a trained elephant doing the gavotte among ninepins —Cornell Woolrich
  5. Subtle as fanfare —William McIlvanney
  6. Subtle as snakes —Christina Rossetti
  7. Subtle as the London blitz —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  8. A tactless man is like an axe on an embroidery frame —Malay proverb
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tact - consideration in dealing with others and avoiding giving offense
considerateness, thoughtfulness, consideration - kind and considerate regard for others; "he showed no consideration for her feelings"
finesse, diplomacy, discreetness, delicacy - subtly skillful handling of a situation
savoir-faire, address - social skill

tact

tact

noun
The ability to say and do the right thing at the right time:
Translations
لَبَاقَةلَباقَه، كِياسَه
takt
takt
tahdikkuus
takt
háttvísi
機転
재치
netaktiškainetaktiškumastaktiškai
takta izjūtatakts
obzirnost
taktfullhet
การมีไหวพริบหรือปฏิภาณดี
sự tế nhị

tact

[tækt] Ntacto m

tact

[ˈtækt] ntact m
to have the tact to do sth → avoir le tact de faire qch

tact

n no plTakt m

tact

[tækt] ntatto

tact

(tӕkt) noun
care and skill in one's behaviour to people, in order to avoid hurting or offending them. He showed tact in dealing with difficult customers.
ˈtactful adjective
showing tact. a tactful person; tactful behaviour.
ˈtactfully adverb
ˈtactfulness noun
tactless adjective
without tact. a tactless person/remark.
ˈtactlessly adverb
ˈtactlessness noun

tact

لَبَاقَة takt takt Takt αβρότητα tacto tahdikkuus tact takt tatto 機転 재치 tact taktfullhet takt tato такт taktfullhet การมีไหวพริบหรือปฏิภาณดี incelik sự tế nhị 机智

tact

n. tacto; diplomacia, discreción.
References in classic literature ?
It was on the tip of Jo's tongue to ask, but she checked herself in time and, with unusual tact, tried to find out in a round-about way.
But remembering Edna's whimsical turn of mind of late, and foreseeing that she had immediately acted upon her impetuous determination, he grasped the situation with his usual promptness and handled it with his well-known business tact and cleverness.
As they passed the gates, the French officers, who had learned their rank, bowed often and low, forbearing, however, to intrude those attentions which they saw, with peculiar tact, might not be agreeable.
With ready tact, and before Christie could reply, Maryland Joe had put down the trunk and changed hands with his brother.
With a ready tact, the result of ever-active and wholesome sensibility, she discerned what was good for him, and did it.
It was literally a charming exhibition of tact, of magnanimity, and quite tantamount to his saying outright: "The true knights we love to read about never push an advantage too far.
Not that Tom had not his own way of speaking his mind occasionally, with something of the tact often observable in his class; as, for example, the very day after the Sabbath we have described, St.
Never mind your having no enjoyment of women's society, nor understanding of it, nor tact for it.
The delicacy with which Joe dismissed this theme, and the sweet tact and kindness with which Biddy - who with her woman's wit had found me out so soon - had prepared him for it, made a deep impression on my mind.
See there," said Dolly, with a woman's tender tact, "she's fondest o' you.
When she saw in whose presence she stood, she begged pardon politely, and was about to withdraw, when Miss Wilson, summoning all her Judgment and tact, and hoping that they would--contrary to their custom in emergencies--respond to the summons, said:
For once, and perhaps for the only time in my life, I used tact, and knew in what the special skill of courtiers and men of the world consists.