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  • Their delicacy is not to be shocked, or hurt easily.
  • Once, I remember carrying my own bread (which I had brought from home in the morning) under my arm, wrapped in a piece of paper, like a book, and going to a famous alamode beef-house near Drury Lane, and ordering a ’small plate’ of that delicacy to eat with it.

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  • Mr. Micawber took an early opportunity, after that, of hinting, with the utmost delicacy and ceremony, at the state of MY affections.
  • ’The very question I should have put to you, sir,’ returned Mr. Omer, ’but on account of delicacy.
  • Among all kinds of people a respect for them in their distress prevailed, which was full of gentleness and delicacy.
  • In a similar feeling of delicacy, we were always blithe and light-hearted with the licence clients.
  • ’She — excuse me — Miss D., you know,’ said Traddles, colouring in his great delicacy, ’lives in London, I believe?’
  • Mr. Peggotty has not alluded to it, and I have a delicacy in doing so.
  • But, I believe the time has come when it would be mistaken faith and delicacy to conceal it any longer, and when your appeal absolves me from his injunction.’
  • Indeed, they were more and more brightly exhibited as the hours went on; for I thought even then, and I have no doubt now, that the consciousness of success in his determination to please, inspired him with a new delicacy of perception, and made it, subtle as it was, more easy to him.

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  • ’I am happy to say, Miss Wickfield,’ pursued Traddles, at once with great delicacy and with great earnestness, ’that in your absence Mr. Wickfield has considerably improved.
  • Miss Mills had sailed, and Dora and I had gone aboard a great East Indiaman at Gravesend to see her; and we had had preserved ginger, and guava, and other delicacies of that sort for lunch; and we had left Miss Mills weeping on a camp-stool on the quarter-deck, with a large new diary under her arm, in which the original reflections awakened by the contemplation of Ocean were to be recorded under lock and key.

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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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