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Synonyms for delicate
ˈdɛl ɪ kɪtdel·i·cate

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Wiktionary2.3 / 4 votes

  1. delicateadjective

    Synonyms:
    fragile

English Synonyms and Antonyms3.5 / 2 votes

  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 WordNet5.0 / 3 votes

  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 Contribution0.0 / 0 votes

  1. improvise

    fast to break

    the vase is delicate

    Submitted by rinat on October 2, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  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 Words1.0 / 1 vote

  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. Firdausi:

    In this world, however little happiness may have been our portion, yet have we no desire to die. Whether he can speak of life as cheerful and delicate, or as full of pain, anxiety, and sorrow, never yet have I seen one who wished to die.

  2. Jen Ramsey:

    Be patient - let yourself unfurl one delicate leaf at a time.

  3. Denis Volkov:

    You are asked by the state, and in exchange it takes care of you and provides you with financial prosperity, it is a delicate game. They won’t force you but will persuade you, convince and give recommendations.

  4. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid:

    The delicate compromise that came out of the Foreign Relations Committee is really a fine piece of work, we brought that to the floor and tried to cooperate as much as could until we realized that every amendment the Republicans offered was to denigrate and hurt and destroy that bill.

  5. Harley Rotbart:

    Those don't get wiped down nearly as well, there is a real delicate balance though; we don't want to make kids paranoid.


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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