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delicacynoun

uk   us   /ˈdel.ɪ.kə.si/

delicacy noun (FOOD)

[C] something especially rare or expensive that is good to eat: In some parts of the world, sheep's eyes are considered a great delicacy.

delicacy noun (POLITENESS)

[U] acting and speaking carefully so that no one is offended, or the possibility of causing offence: He raised the matter with great delicacy. I don't think you fully appreciate the delicacy of the situation.

delicacy noun (BEING EASILY DAMAGED)

[U] the quality of being easy to damage or looking very easy to damage: Because of their great delicacy, the books cannot be moved.

delicacy noun (CARE)

[U] the quality of being done carefully or gently: We admired the delicacy of her brush strokes.
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