delicacy

Part of speech: noun

Fineness; daintiness; sensitiveness; fragility.

Part of speech: noun

A luxury; dainty.

Part of speech: noun

Refinement; fastidiousness; nicety.

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Usage examples "delicacy":

  1. Dave did not venture to speak of the quarrel and Conward's threat, partly from a sense of delicacy; partly from a curiously strained point of honour that that would be taking an unfair advantage of Conward; but most, perhaps, because of his complete assurance that Conward would never be able to carry his threat into effect. - "The Cow Puncher", Robert J. C. Stead.
  2. He had a woman's delicacy of feature, and was-" as you may see, though you never saw her," said Herbert to me-" exactly like his mother." - "Great Expectations", Charles Dickens.
  3. In regard to your other remark, I've been in a good many stations, and I must admit that until lately none of them were likely to promote much delicacy of sentiment. - "Vane of the Timberlands", Harold Bindloss.