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  • "Mercy—" moaned Mrs. Archer, evidently perceiving the uselessness of trying to ascribe the actions of foreigners to a sense of delicacy.
  • I respect your scruple, sir; but in this case I believe true delicacy requires you to do as I ask.

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  • The persons of their world lived in an atmosphere of faint implications and pale delicacies, and the fact that he and she understood each other without a word seemed to the young man to bring them nearer than any explanation would have done.
  • "Then it’s NOT postponed?" she continued, with an insistence so unlike her that he felt the blood rising to his face, as if he were blushing for her unwonted lapse from all the traditional delicacies.
  • "The doctors want my husband to feel that he is in his own home; otherwise he would be so wretched that the climate would not do him any good," she explained, winter after winter, to the sympathising Philadelphians and Baltimoreans; and Mr. Welland, beaming across a breakfast table miraculously supplied with the most varied delicacies, was presently saying to Archer: "You see, my dear fellow, we camp—we literally camp.

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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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