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delicacy
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition
care and gentleness — especially speaking or acting with sensitivity and tact
  • It was not an age of delicacy; and her position, although she understood it well, and was in little danger of forgetting it, was often brought before her vivid self-perception, like a new anguish, by the rudest touch upon the tenderest spot.
    Chapter 5 — Hester at her Needle (66% in)
delicacy = gentleness
  • And the shame!—the indelicacy!—the horrible ugliness of this exposure of a sick and guilty heart to the very eye that would gloat over it!
    Chapter 17 — The Pastor and his Parishioner (55% in)
indelicacy = coarseness (not of gentle standards)

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indelicacy means not and reverses the meaning of delicacy. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
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