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n. pl. sen·si·bil·i·ties
1. The ability to perceive stimuli: lost sensibility in a toe.
2. often sensibilities
a. Mental or emotional responsiveness, especially in being offended or in having one's feelings hurt: "The earthy humor of many of the ballads deeply offended her sensibilities" (Anne Stott).
b. The capacity to respond intelligently to refined emotions, especially in art: "They celebrated deeds that fit stereotyped images of noble valor, making the writing flat and tedious to modern sensibilities" (David A. Bell).
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[ˌsɛnsɪˈbɪlɪtɪz] npl (frm) → suscettibilità fsg
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(sensiˈbiləti) noun
an awareness of, or an ability to create, art, literature etc showing very high standards of beauty and good taste. a writer of great sensibility.
ˌsensiˈbilities noun plural
feelings that can be easily hurt by criticism etc. Do try not to offend her sensibilities.
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References in classic literature ?
I have to thank these pages for awakening the finest sensibilities in my nature--nothing more.
The sensibilities of the class you are attacking are soon blunted.
The late licensed victualler's humiliation at having such a very peculiar boy for a son manifested itself by a propensity to brutal treatment; for he was a person of fine sensibilities, and his sufferings as a man and a father were perfectly genuine.
It can only be done, I am convinced, by somebody having a great deal of the child in his own outlook and sensibilities. Such was the author of "The Little Duke" and "The Dove in the Eagle's Nest," such the author of "A Flatiron for a Farthing," and "The Story of a Short Life." Such, above all, the author of "Alice in Wonderland." Grownups imagine that they can do the trick by adopting baby language and talking down to their very critical audience.
If they chose to disregard the sensibilities of Filipinos like myself, did prudence and good judgment compel them to seek a greater good?
Additionally we learn that sense and sensibility are not opposed; the real distinction here is between social and selfish sensibilities. Austen teaches us to appreciate the hidden novel of sensibility within the critique of sensibility, to appreciate Elinor's sensibility that is social and not selfish, hidden rather than demanding central stage.
She also shows that the culture no longer has a language adequate to differentiate between the genders when "sentimentality" becomes a universal ideal, no language rigorous enough to articulate an essential difference between masculine and feminine sensibilities.
The request that a theatre which has received some public funding should give consideration to the sensibilities of a minority group in our society, such as Christians, is as outrageous as to expect that the sensibilities of other minority groups, such as gays, the disabled, the homeless, Sikhs, Muslims, etc.
First, although the Court mentioned that the "sensibilities and vulnerabilities" of the homosexual person....
Yet, this confluence of opposites, this apparent mismatch of sensibilities, blazed its way into the history books.