delicate


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Synonyms for delicate

appealing to refined taste

easily broken or damaged

showing sensitivity and skill in dealing with others

requiring great tact or skill

free from severity or violence, as in movement

able to make or detect effects of great subtlety or precision

so slight as to be difficult to notice or appreciate

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exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing

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marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique

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easily broken or damaged or destroyed

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easily hurt

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developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety

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difficult to handle

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of an instrument or device

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References in classic literature ?
How delicate in his attentions, and yet how artfully has he concealed his anxiety on my account under a feigned desire for sleep, thought Julia.
It would be the easiest folly in the world to fall in love with her: there is such a sweet babylike roundness about her face and figure; the delicate dark rings of hair lie so charmingly about her ears and neck; her great dark eyes with their long eye-lashes touch one so strangely, as if an imprisoned frisky sprite looked out of them.
On the front seat of the coach there was one of those small baskets in which travelling ladies who are too delicate to appear at a public table generally carry a supply of gingerbread, biscuits and cheese, cold ham, and other light refreshments, merely to sustain nature to the journey's end.
said Celia, with her ready delicate blush which Dorothea was used to on the smallest occasions.
In the vignettes of the Bear-garden and the Swan Theatre, for instance, the artist has managed to throw over his minute plate a wonderful air of pleasantness, a light which, though very delicate, is very theatrical.
Silks and satins of delicate hues seemed always used for material, and nearly every costume sparkled with exquisite gems.
Cousin Annetta never forgave him, but she never pretended to be delicate again.
Do they give fine variations of appearance and impression, such as delicate shiftings of light and shade and delicate tones of color?
None but a real Princess could have had such a delicate sense of feeling.
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.
Some of his own holdings were imperilled, and the man was working like some high-geared, delicate, strong machine--strung to full tension, going at full speed, accurate, never hesitating, with the proper word and decision and act ready and prompt as clockwork.
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.
Fentolin's delicate fingers played with the handle of his chair.
The muscles stood up sharply under the network of sinews, covered with this delicate, mobile skin, soft as satin, and they were hard a bone.
The jewels which encircled her neck were priceless and dazzling; the soft material of her gown, the most delicate shade of sea green, seemed to foam about her feet, a wonderful triumph of allegoric dressmaking.