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NOUN (7)

1. the quality of being beautiful and delicate in appearance;
- Example: "the daintiness of her touch"
- Example: "the fineness of her features"
[syn: daintiness, delicacy, fineness]

2. something considered choice to eat;
[syn: dainty, delicacy, goody, kickshaw, treat]

3. refined taste; tact;
[syn: delicacy, discretion]

4. smallness of stature;
[syn: delicacy, slightness]

5. lack of physical strength;
[syn: fragility, delicacy]

6. subtly skillful handling of a situation;
[syn: delicacy, diplomacy, discreetness, finesse]

7. lightness in movement or manner;
[syn: airiness, delicacy]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Delicacy \Del"i*ca*cy\, n.; pl. Delicacies. [From Delicate, a.] 1. The state or condition of being delicate; agreeableness to the senses; delightfulness; as, delicacy of flavor, of odor, and the like. [1913 Webster] What choice to choose for delicacy best. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Nicety or fineness of form, texture, or constitution; softness; elegance; smoothness; tenderness; and hence, frailty or weakness; as, the delicacy of a fiber or a thread; delicacy of a hand or of the human form; delicacy of the skin; delicacy of frame. [1913 Webster] 3. Nice propriety of manners or conduct; susceptibility or tenderness of feeling; refinement; fastidiousness; and hence, in an exaggerated sense, effeminacy; as, great delicacy of behavior; delicacy in doing a kindness; delicacy of character that unfits for earnest action. [1913 Webster] You know your mother's delicacy in this point. --Cowper. [1913 Webster] 4. Addiction to pleasure; luxury; daintiness; indulgence; luxurious or voluptuous treatment. [1913 Webster] And to those dainty limbs which Nature lent For gentle usage and soft delicacy? --Milton. [1913 Webster] 5. Nice and refined perception and discrimination; critical niceness; fastidious accuracy. [1913 Webster] That Augustan delicacy of taste which is the boast of the great public schools of England. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 6. The state of being affected by slight causes; sensitiveness; as, the delicacy of a chemist's balance. [1913 Webster] 7. That which is alluring, delicate, or refined; a luxury or pleasure; something pleasant to the senses, especially to the sense of taste; a dainty; as, delicacies of the table. [1913 Webster] The merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. --Rev. xviii. 3. [1913 Webster] 8. Pleasure; gratification; delight. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] He Rome brent for his delicacie. --Chaucer. Syn: See Dainty. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

delicacy n 1: the quality of being beautiful and delicate in appearance; "the daintiness of her touch"; "the fineness of her features" [syn: daintiness, delicacy, fineness] 2: something considered choice to eat [syn: dainty, delicacy, goody, kickshaw, treat] 3: refined taste; tact [syn: delicacy, discretion] 4: smallness of stature [syn: delicacy, slightness] 5: lack of physical strength [syn: fragility, delicacy] 6: subtly skillful handling of a situation [syn: delicacy, diplomacy, discreetness, finesse] 7: lightness in movement or manner [syn: airiness, delicacy]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

385 Moby Thesaurus words for "delicacy": absoluteness, accommodatingness, accuracy, acquired taste, affectivity, agreeableness, airiness, airy texture, allergy, ambrosia, amiable weakness, anaphylaxis, appreciation, appreciation of differences, appreciation of excellence, appreciativeness, artistic judgment, ascent, attention to detail, attention to fact, attentiveness, attenuation, banquet, beauty, bonne bouche, breakability, breakableness, brittleness, bubbliness, buoyancy, cachexia, cachexy, care for truth, cate, chanciness, changeableness, choice morsel, choiceness, chronic ill health, circumstantiality, civilized taste, civilizedness, collapse, complaisance, concern, connoisseurship, conscientiousness, considerateness, consideration, correctness, cosseting, crackability, crackableness, crispness, critical niceness, criticality, criticalness, crumbliness, crushability, crushableness, cultivated taste, cultivation, culture, cunningness, cuteness, daintiness, dainty, debilitation, 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fuzz, fuzziness, gauziness, gentleness, good taste, goody, gossameriness, grace, gracefulness, gracility, graciosity, graciousness, hairline, hazardousness, healthlessness, heedfulness, helpfulness, human frailty, hyperesthesia, hyperpathia, hypersensitivity, hypochondria, hypochondriasis, identification, ill health, impressionability, inconsequentiality, inconsiderableness, indecisiveness, indulgence, infirmity, infirmity of will, inherent vice, insecurity, insignificance, insolidity, instability, insubstantiality, insufficiency, invalidism, invalidity, irresolution, irritability, judiciousness, laciness, lack of weight, languishing, languishment, leniency, levitation, levity, lightness, literalism, literality, literalness, littleness, luxury, making distinctions, manna, margin, mathematical precision, meagerness, meanness, mellowness, meticulousness, mindfulness, minuteness, mistiness, moderateness, modesty, moral weakness, morbidezza, morbidity, morbidness, morsel, narrow margin, nectar, nervousness, nice distinction, niceness, niceness of distinction, nicety, nonresistiveness, nonrigidity, nuance, obligingness, oversensibility, oversensitiveness, overtenderness, palate, paperiness, particle of difference, particularity, particularness, passibility, peach fuzz, peakedness, perceptiveness, perceptivity, perfection, perilousness, pettiness, photophobia, picayunishness, plushiness, point of difference, polish, poor health, precariousness, preciseness, precisianism, precision, prickliness, propriety, pubescence, pudency, pudicity, pulpiness, punctiliousness, punctuality, puniness, quality, rarity, refined discrimination, refined palate, refinement, regale, regard, regardfulness, responsiveness, right, rightness, rigidity, rigidness, rigor, rigorousness, riskiness, satin, satininess, savory, scantiness, scrupulosity, scrupulousness, seemliness, selectiveness, sense, sensibility, sensitiveness, sensitivity, sensitization, severity, shade of difference, shakiness, shame, sickliness, silk, silkiness, sleaziness, slenderness, slightness, slimness, slipperiness, smallness, smoothness, softheartedness, softness, solicitousness, solicitude, sophistication, soreness, sponginess, strictness, subtility, subtle distinction, subtlety, supersensitivity, susceptibility, sweetmeat, sword of Damocles, tact, tactfulness, taste, tastefulness, tender feeling, tenderheartedness, tenderness, tenuity, tetchiness, textualism, the letter, thin skin, thinness, thought, thoughtfulness, ticklish business, ticklishness, tidbit, tininess, titbit, toleration, totteriness, touchiness, treat, triviality, uncertainty, undependability, unhealthiness, unheaviness, unimportance, unpredictability, unreliability, unsafeness, unsolidity, unsoundness, unsteadiness, unsubstantiality, unsureness, untrustworthiness, unwholesomeness, vagueness, valetudinarianism, velleity, velvet, velvetiness, volatility, vulnerability, warm heart, warmheartedness, wasting, wateriness, weakliness, weakness, weightlessness, wide margin, wispiness, womanishness, yeastiness