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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 ?
There the want of tact and discretion on the part of the husbands produces at times indescribable disasters.
But poor father has no tact, and this defect is especially marked since he has been in Europe.
If he could have once placed me in a ridiculous or mortifying position, he would have forgiven me much, but I was guarded by three faculties--Caution, Tact, Observation; and prowling and prying as was Edward's malignity, it could never baffle the lynx-eyes of these, my natural sentinels.
The tact which I find here, the discretion, the rare courage, the wonderful power of memory, the accurate observation of character, the easy grace of style, the charming outbursts of womanly feeling, have all inexpressibly increased my admiration of this sublime creature, of this magnificent Marian.
But no reader of "An Unsocial Socialist " needs to be told how, by the exercise of a certain considerate tact (which on the outside, perhaps, seems the opposite of tact), I have contrived to maintain genial terms with men and women of all classes, even those whose opinions and political conduct seemed to me most dangerous.
He had not the tact, or the art, to effect such a purpose by skilfully drawing out my sentiments or ideas through the real or apparent statement of his own, or leading the conversation by imperceptible gradations to such topics as he wished to advert to: but such gentle abruptness, and such single-minded straightforwardness, could not possibly offend me.
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.
Thus by a judicious exercise of tact and asperity we re-established the atmospheric equilibrium of the room long before I left them a little before midnight, now tenderly reconciled, to walk down to the harbour and hail the Tremolino by the usual soft whistle from the edge of the quay.
Although not remarkable for the possession of delicate tact, Mrs.
She remembered how she had told her husband of what was almost a declaration made her at Petersburg by a young man, one of her husband's subordinates, and how Alexey Alexandrovitch had answered that every woman living in the world was exposed to such incidents, but that he had the fullest confidence in her tact, and could never lower her and himself by jealousy.
I must apologize to you for the deplorable levity of my brother," he said, "and I must notify you that this is probably not the last time that his want of tact will cause you serious embarrassment.
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.