delicate

Delicate things, like a flower, a necklace, or someone’s feelings are fragile, easily broken, and often quite beautiful.

A delicate situation. A delicate balance. A delicate child. A delicate lace design. A delicate taste. Sometimes the word implies intricate beauty and at other times fragility. Delicate can have negative overtones: A delicate situation is a tricky one. A delicate balance describes an agreement that might turn sour any moment. A delicate child may cry easily. But delicate can also refer to things that are very lovely and hard to reproduce: a delicate lace collar on a dress stands out. A delicate flavor, like pomegranate peach mint sauce, makes salad — or vanilla ice cream — much more delicious.

Definitions of delicate
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adj developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety

Synonyms:
finespun
refined
(used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel

adj marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique

“a surgeon's delicate touch”
Synonyms:
skilled
having or showing or requiring special skill

adj exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury

“a delicate violin passage”
delicate china”
“a delicate flavor”
“the delicate wing of a butterfly”
Synonyms:
dainty, exquisite
delicately beautiful
ethereal, gossamer
characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy
fragile
vulnerably delicate
light-handed
having a metaphorically delicate touch
overdelicate
extremely delicate
pastel
lacking in body or vigor
tender
(of plants) not hardy; easily killed by adverse growing condition
breakable
capable of being broken or damaged
frail
physically weak
weak
wanting in physical strength
Antonyms:
rugged
sturdy and strong in constitution or construction; enduring
knockabout
suitable for rough use
sturdy, tough
substantially made or constructed
robust
sturdy and strong in form, constitution, or construction
strong
having strength or power greater than average or expected
tough, toughened
physically toughened
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adj easily broken or damaged or destroyed

“a kite too delicate to fly safely”
Synonyms:
fragile, frail
breakable
capable of being broken or damaged

adj easily hurt

“a baby's delicate skin”
Synonyms:
soft
tender, untoughened
physically untoughened

adj of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely

“almost undetectable with even the most delicate instruments”
Synonyms:
sensitive
responsive to physical stimuli

adj difficult to handle; requiring great tact

delicate negotiations with the big powers”
Synonyms:
ticklish, touchy
difficult, hard
not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure

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