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Synonyms for delicate
ˈdɛl ɪ kɪtdel·i·cate

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Wiktionary

  1. delicateadjective

    Synonyms:
    fragile

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. delicate

    Fine (Latin finis, end) denotes that which has been brought to a full end, finished. From this root-sense many derived meanings branch out, causing words quite remote from each other to be alike synonyms of fine. That which is truly finished, brought to an ideal end, is excellent of its kind, and beautiful, if a thing that admits of beauty; as, a fine house, fine trees, a fine woman, a fine morning; if a thing that admits of the removal of impurities, it is not finished till these are removed, and hence fine signifies clarified, clear, pure, refined; as, fine gold. That which is finished is apt to be polished, smooth to the touch, minutely exact in outline; hence fine comes to be a synonym for all words like dainty, delicate, exquisite; as, fine manners, a fine touch, fine perceptions. As that which is delicate is apt to be small, by an easy extension of meaning fine becomes a synonym for slender, slight, minute, comminuted; as, a fine thread, fine sand; or for filmy, tenuous, thin; as, a fine lace, fine wire; and as a thin edge is keen, sharp, fine becomes also a synonym for these words; as, a fine point, a fine edge. Compare BEAUTIFUL; MINUTE.

    Synonyms:
    beautiful, clarified, clear, comminuted, dainty, elegant, excellent, exquisite, fine, gauzy, handsome, keen, minute, nice, polished, pure, refined, sensitive, sharp, slender, slight, small, smooth, splendid, subtile, subtle, tenuous, thin

    Antonyms:
    big, blunt, clumsy, coarse, great, heavy, huge, immense, large, rude, stout, thick

Princeton's WordNet

  1. delicateadjective

    exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury

    "a delicate violin passage"; "delicate china"; "a delicate flavor"; "the delicate wing of a butterfly"

    Synonyms:
    fragile, finespun, touchy, frail, soft, ticklish

    Antonyms:
    easy, unrefined, unbreakable, rugged, unskilled, toughened, knockabout, sturdy, insensitive, tough

  2. delicateadjective

    marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique

    "a surgeon's delicate touch"

    Synonyms:
    fragile, finespun, touchy, frail, soft, ticklish

    Antonyms:
    insensitive, knockabout, sturdy, unskilled, toughened, unrefined, tough, rugged, unbreakable, easy

  3. delicate, fragile, frailadjective

    easily broken or damaged or destroyed

    "a kite too delicate to fly safely"; "fragile porcelain plates"; "fragile old bones"; "a frail craft"

    Synonyms:
    slight, fallible, imperfect, tenuous, ticklish, soft, fragile, touchy, frail, thin, flimsy, weak, finespun

    Antonyms:
    unbreakable, tough, insensitive, rugged, unskilled, knockabout, unrefined, sturdy, easy, toughened

  4. delicate, softadjective

    easily hurt

    "soft hands"; "a baby's delicate skin"

    Synonyms:
    cushy, indulgent, mild, easy, piano, balmy, lenient, voiced, easygoing, soft, diffused, frail, flabby, subdued, diffuse, sonant, flaccid, ticklish, gentle, finespun, touchy, fragile

    Antonyms:
    tough, sturdy, unskilled, toughened, unbreakable, easy, knockabout, insensitive, unrefined, rugged

  5. finespun, delicateadjective

    developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety

    "the satire touches with finespun ridicule every kind of human pretense"

    Synonyms:
    ticklish, soft, fragile, touchy, frail, hairsplitting, finespun

    Antonyms:
    unbreakable, tough, sturdy, unrefined, rugged, easy, unskilled, knockabout, toughened, insensitive

  6. delicate, ticklish, touchyadjective

    difficult to handle; requiring great tact

    "delicate negotiations with the big powers";"hesitates to be explicit on so ticklish a matter"; "a touchy subject"

    Synonyms:
    feisty, ticklish, soft, fragile, touchy, frail, huffy, thin-skinned, finespun

    Antonyms:
    easy, toughened, unbreakable, insensitive, knockabout, sturdy, unskilled, rugged, tough, unrefined

  7. delicateadjective

    of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely

    "almost undetectable with even the most delicate instruments"

    Synonyms:
    fragile, finespun, touchy, frail, soft, ticklish

    Antonyms:
    unskilled, tough, toughened, rugged, knockabout, insensitive, unbreakable, unrefined, easy, sturdy

Editors Contribution

  1. improvise

    fast to break

    the vase is delicate

    Submitted by rinat on October 2, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. delicateadjective

    Synonyms:
    pleasant, pleasing, delicious, agreeable, savory, palatable

  2. delicateadjective

    Synonyms:
    fine, nice, elegant, exquisite

  3. delicateadjective

    Synonyms:
    tender, slender, weak

  4. delicateadjective

    Synonyms:
    discriminating, careful, scrupulous, fastidious, dainty, of nice perception

  5. delicateadjective

    Synonyms:
    refined, pure

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. delicateadjective

    Synonyms:
    graceful, fine, exquisite, minute, slender, refined, sensitive, fastidious, dainty, critical, ticklish

    Antonyms:
    indelicate

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How to use delicate in a sentence?

  1. Winslow Wheeler:

    [The F-16 is] too fast, too delicate and it can’t loiter around enough to provide support.

  2. Lee Hopley:

    Overall, UK factories send only a small proportion of their goods to Chinese customers, but a sharper slowdown would also see a halt to growth in export sales through supply chains in Europe, the more widespread impact, at least in the near term, is likely to be the knock to already delicate confidence levels. Time will tell whether this takes a further toll on growth across the sector.

  3. Oscar Wilde:

    Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone.

  4. Esteban Burrone:

    We try to strike a very delicate balance between the interests of the (company), the sustainability required by generic producers and most importantly, the public health needs in lower and middle-income countries.

  5. George Kyritsis:

    It is possible... We are interested in two things. Sticking to the deal, and maintaining the rights (of migrants and refugees) ..It is a delicate and complicated process, we don't want to make mistakes.


Translations for delicate

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  • دقيق او حساسArabic
  • delicatCatalan, Valencian
  • jemný, rozklepaný, choulostivýCzech
  • empfindlich, feinfühlig, empfindsam, anspruchsvoll, feingliedrig, zierlich, leicht, ausgesucht, sanft, erlesen, zart, angeschlagen, anfällig, hochempfindlich, köstlich, schwächlich, delikat, wählerisch, grazil, anmutig, filigranGerman
  • delikata, delikatsentaEsperanto
  • delicadoSpanish
  • herkkäFinnish
  • délicatFrench
  • leiceIrish
  • halusIndonesian
  • delikatNorwegian
  • delikatnyPolish
  • delicadoPortuguese
  • delicatRomanian
  • разбитый, деликатный, болезненный, хрупкий, изысканный, изящныйRussian
  • సున్నితమైనTelugu

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