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delicacy
as in:  offend her delicacy


My mother does not watch R-rated movies. She says they offend her sense of modesty and delicacy.
  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)
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Delicacy has many reasonably common, but highly diverse senses. Accordingly, it is generally recommended that you just learn the sense (or senses) that currently interest you.
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  • My mother does not watch R-rated movies. She says they offend her sense of modesty and delicacy.
  • There was a certain delicacy to the way he moved—as though he might easily break.
  • ...if you destroy delicacy and a sense of shame in a young girl, you deprave her very fast.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
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Associated words [difficulty]:   delicacy [3]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Fine Arts & Music, Classic Literature, History
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