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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DELICACY

I have a feeling of delicacy about trying to see you again so soon.

It will sound strange that dry bread could possibly be a delicacy to any one.

But this being a delicate affair, Comrade Ossipon behaved with delicacy.

I'm an enemy to their delicacy, as I am sure it conduces to their misery.

Mr. Hervey could not be insensible to her distress or to her delicacy.

Blush, then, Delicacy, that cannot bear the poet's amor omnibus idem!

Go out and ask who is never trifled with, and who is always treated with some delicacy.

He approved deeply the delicacy with which she ignored that last wild interview.

To the whole of this doctrine I could not, in honour, generosity, or delicacy accede.

A large number had sufficient sense of delicacy to wash their hands.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "delightfulness; fastidiousness; quality of being addicted to sensuous pleasure," from delicate + -cy. Meaning "fineness, softness, tender loveliness" is from 1580s; that of "weakness of constitution" is from 1630s. Meaning "fine food, a dainty viand" is from early 15c.

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