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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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