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Synonyms for delicate
ˈdɛl ɪ kɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. delicate(adj)

    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. delicate(adj)

    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, frail(adj)

    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, soft(adj)

    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, delicate(adj)

    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, touchy(adj)

    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. delicate(adj)

    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

Wiktionary

  1. delicate(adjective)

    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

Editors Contribution

  1. improvise

    fast to break

    the vase is delicate

    Submitted by rinat on October 2, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. delicate(a.)

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

  2. delicate(a.)

    Synonyms:
    fine, nice, elegant, exquisite

  3. delicate(a.)

    Synonyms:
    tender, slender, weak

  4. delicate(a.)

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

  5. delicate(a.)

    Synonyms:
    refined, pure

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. delicate(a)

    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. Mary Jane Minkin:

    The vagina is a delicate ecosystem that must be maintained at a normal pH of 3.8 to 4.5.

  2. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab:

    We are at a delicate and dangerous stage and we need to make sure that the next steps are sure-footed, we are proceeding very cautiously and we are sticking to the medical advice, the scientific advice, with the social distancing measures, at this time, while doing all the homework to make sure that we're prepared in due course for the next phase.

  3. Johnson:

    Pride is seldom delicate; it will please itself with very mean advantages.

  4. Harley Rotbart:

    There is a real delicate balance though; we don't want to make kids paranoid.

  5. George Poinar:

    Fossil flowers are rare under any circumstances, and those in amber provide the only evidence of (ancient) tropical flowers, since the rapid decay of such delicate objects under conditions of high heat and humidity prevents their preservation in sedimentary deposits.

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Translations for delicate

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  • دقيق او حساسArabic
  • delicatCatalan, Valencian
  • jemný, choulostivý, rozklepanýCzech
  • zart, hochempfindlich, empfindlich, filigran, anmutig, grazil, wählerisch, delikat, schwächlich, köstlich, anfällig, angeschlagen, erlesen, sanft, leicht, zierlich, feingliedrig, empfindsam, feinfühlig, anspruchsvoll, ausgesuchtGerman
  • delikatsenta, delikataEsperanto
  • delicadoSpanish
  • herkkäFinnish
  • délicatFrench
  • leiceIrish
  • halusIndonesian
  • delikatNorwegian
  • delikatnyPolish
  • delicadoPortuguese
  • delicatRomanian
  • изящный, изысканный, хрупкий, болезненный, деликатный, разбитыйRussian
  • సున్నితమైనTelugu

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