Delicate

Definition of Delicate

Del´i`cate
a.1.Addicted to pleasure; luxurious; voluptuous; alluring.
Dives, for his delicate life, to the devil went.
- Piers Plowman.
Haarlem is a very delicate town.
- Evelyn.
2.Pleasing to the senses; refinedly agreeable; hence, adapted to please a nice or cultivated taste; nice; fine; elegant; as, a delicate dish; delicate flavor.
3.Slight and shapely; lovely; graceful; as, "a delicate creature."
4.Fine or slender; minute; not coarse; - said of a thread, or the like; as, delicate cotton.
5.Slight or smooth; light and yielding; - said of texture; as, delicate lace or silk.
6.Soft and fair; - said of the skin or a surface; as, a delicate cheek; a delicate complexion.
7.Light, or softly tinted; - said of a color; as, a delicate blue.
8.Refined; gentle; scrupulous not to trespass or offend; considerate; - said of manners, conduct, or feelings; as, delicate behavior; delicate attentions; delicate thoughtfulness.
9.Tender; not able to endure hardship; feeble; frail; effeminate; - said of constitution, health, etc.; as, a delicate child; delicate health.
A delicate and tender prince.
- Shak.
10.Requiring careful handling; not to be rudely or hastily dealt with; nice; critical; as, a delicate subject or question.
There are some things too delicate and too sacred to be handled rudely without injury to truth.
- F. W. Robertson.
11.Of exacting tastes and habits; dainty; fastidious.
12.Nicely discriminating or perceptive; refinedly critical; sensitive; exquisite; as, a delicate taste; a delicate ear for music.
13.Affected by slight causes; showing slight changes; as, a delicate thermometer.
n.1.A choice dainty; a delicacy.
With abstinence all delicates he sees.
- Dryden.
2.A delicate, luxurious, or effeminate person.
All the vessels, then, which our delicates have, - those I mean that would seem to be more fine in their houses than their neighbors, - are only of the Corinth metal.
- Holland.

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