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  • The Scandalous Scene Miuesov, as a man of breeding and delicacy, could not but feel some inward qualms, when he reached the Father Superior’s with Ivan: he felt ashamed of having lost his temper.
  • They used to say in the market, and your mamma too, with great lack of delicacy, set off telling me that her hair was like a mat on her head, and that she was short of five foot by a wee bit.

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  • The suggestion, it is true, was a faint one, but then Dardanelov was such a paragon of purity and delicacy that it was enough for the time being to make him perfectly happy.
  • Possibly many of the readers of my novel will feel that in reckoning on such assistance, and being ready to take his bride, so to speak, from the hands of her protector, Dmitri showed great coarseness and want of delicacy.
  • Of those visitors, many had been men of high rank and learning, some even freethinkers, attracted by curiosity, but all without exception had shown the profoundest reverence and delicacy, for here there was no question of money, but only, on the one side love and kindness, and on the other penitence and eager desire to decide some spiritual problem or crisis.
  • "If I am like you in my way of thinking, it’s all to my credit," the gentleman declared, with delicacy and dignity.
  • Dardanelov was a middle-aged bachelor, who had been passionately in love with Madame Krassotkin for many years past, and had once already, about a year previously, ventured, trembling with fear and the delicacy of his sentiments, to offer her most respectfully his hand in marriage.
  • Ilusha, who had heard three days before that he was to be presented with a puppy, not an ordinary puppy, but a pedigree mastiff (a very important point, of course), tried from delicacy of feeling to pretend that he was pleased.

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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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