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delicacy
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Great Expectations
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  • In truth, he said this with so much delicacy, that I felt the subject done with, even though I should be under his father’s roof for years and years to come.
  • I felt that this delicacy arose out of the consideration that the plan would save Herbert some expense, so I went off to Little Britain and imparted my wish to Mr. Jaggers.

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  • I saw that his delicacy was avoiding the right word, so I said, "A clerk."
  • The delicacy with which Joe dismissed this theme, and the sweet tact and kindness with which Biddy—who with her woman’s wit had found me out so soon—had prepared him for it, made a deep impression on my mind.
  • He had a woman’s delicacy of feature, and was—"as you may see, though you never saw her," said Herbert to me—"exactly like his mother.

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as in: eat the delicacy Define
something that is rare or expensive -- usually a prized food
as in: discuss with delicacy Define
care and gentleness -- especially speaking or acting with sensitivity and tact
as in: offend her delicacy Define
fragility -- of something that can easily be damaged (often referring to the fragility of someone's emotional well being when it is easily distressed by something that is offensive or disturbing)
as in: delicacy of the brushwork Define
pleasant subtlety or fineness
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