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exquisite
WordNet 2.0
  • of extreme beauty
  • "her exquisite face"
  • of delicate composition and artistry
  • "a dainty teacup"
  • "an exquisite cameo"
  • lavishly elegant and refined
  • intense or sharp
  • "suffered exquisite pain"
  • "felt exquisite pleasure"
exquisite
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. Carefully selected or sought out; hence, of distinguishing and surpassing quality; exceedingly nice; delightfully excellent; giving rare satisfaction; as, exquisite workmanship.

    "Plate of rare device, and jewels Of reach and exquisite form." -- Shak.

    "I have no exquisite reason for 't, but I have reason good enough." -- Shak.

    2. Exceeding; extreme; keen; -- used in a bad or a good sense; as, exquisite pain or pleasure.

    3. Of delicate perception or close and accurate discrimination; not easy to satisfy; exact; nice; fastidious; as, exquisite judgment, taste, or discernment.

    "His books of Oriental languages, wherein he was exquisite." -- Fuller.

    Syn. -- Nice; delicate; exact; refined; choice; rare; matchless; consummate; perfect.

  • 1. One who manifests an exquisite attention to external appearance; one who is overnice in dress or ornament; a fop; a dandy.

 

The test of one's behavior pattern; relationship to society, relationship to one's work, relationship to sex.

Alfred Adler
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