Variant of delicacy
- the quality of being delicate as in taste, odor, or texture
- fragile beauty or graceful slightness, softness, etc.; fineness: the delicacy of a petal, of spun glass, or of a child's face
- weakness of constitution or health; frailty
- the quality or condition of needing careful and deft handling: negotiations of great delicacy
- fineness of feeling, observation, or appreciation: delicacy of musical taste
- sensitiveness of response: the delicacy of a compass
- fineness of touch, skill, etc.
- a fine regard for the feelings of others
- a sensitive or, sometimes, finicky distaste for what is considered improper or offensive
- a choice food: caviar and other delicacies
- Obsolete luxuriousness
Origin: Middle English delicacie ; from Midieval Latin delicacia ; from Classical Latin delicatus: see delicate
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