American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Characterized by intricate and beautiful design or execution: an exquisite chalice.
- adj. Of such beauty or delicacy as to arouse intense delight: an exquisite sunset. See Synonyms at delicate.
- adj. Excellent; flawless: plays the piano with exquisite technique.
- adj. Acutely perceptive or discriminating: "Blind dolphins have been known to survive in the wild, guided by exquisite acoustic images of their prey” ( Kenneth Browser).
- adj. Intense; keen: suffered exquisite pain.
- adj. Obsolete Ingeniously devised or thought out.
- n. One who is excessively fastidious in dress, manners, or taste.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Exceedingly choice, elegant, fine, or dainty; very delightful, especially from delicacy of beauty or perfection of any kind: as, a vase of exquisite workmanship; an exquisite miniature; exquisite lace.
- Very accurate, delicate, or nice in action or function; especially, of keen or delicate perception or discrimination; delicately discriminating: as, exquisite taste, etc.
- Giving or susceptible of pleasure or pain in the highest degree; intense; keen; poignant: as, exquisite joy or torture; an exquisite sensibility.
- Curious; careful.
- Skilful; cunning; consummate.
- Recondite; deep. Sir T. Elyot, The Governour, i. 10. Synonyms Delicate, matchless, perfect.
- n. A superfine gentleman; a dandy; a fop; a coxcomb.
- n. Synonyms Fop, Dandy, etc. See coxcomb.
- adj. Especially fine or pleasing; exceptional.
- adj. obsolete Carefully adjusted; precise; accurate; exact.
- adj. Recherché; far-fetched; abstruse.
- adj. Of special beauty or rare excellence.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Carefully selected or sought out; hence, of distinguishing and surpassing quality; exceedingly nice; delightfully excellent; giving rare satisfaction.
- adj. Exceeding; extreme; keen; -- used in a bad or a good sense.
- adj. Of delicate perception or close and accurate discrimination; not easy to satisfy; exact; nice; fastidious.
- n. One who manifests an exquisite attention to external appearance; one who is overnice in dress or ornament; a fop; a dandy.
- adj. delicately beautiful
- adj. lavishly elegant and refined
- adj. of extreme beauty
- adj. intense or sharp
- From Latin exquīsītus, perfect passive participle of exquīrō ("seek out"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English exquisit, carefully chosen, from Latin exquīsītus, past participle of exquīrere, to search out : ex-, ex- + quaerere, to seek. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“President's picture, full of grace and life, and richly meriting the term exquisite: nothing can be finer than the dark luxuriant hair contrasted with the alabaster delicacy and elegance of the features; the eyes too beam with benignant expressiveness.”
“The Big House was of sturdy concrete, but here was marble in exquisite delicacy.”
“We had attended Morning Chant and were now seated for breakfast, disheartened but not surprised that the early Greys had already taken the bacon, and it remained only in exquisite odor.”
“Tolkien can be seen as the archetype, constructing languages, histories, location in exquisite detail for his Middle Earth.”
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“Each of them travel throughout the many cities of Europe tracking Dracula and tracking each other through their letters; clearly Kostova herself traveled to each of this cities, for the book is partially a travel log of Europe, written in exquisite detail.”
“If you watch the briefing (which I recommend, you can view it off of Space Multimedia) it is explained in exquisite detail.”
“Let's see ... pornography has been strictly and totally off limits for kids since forever, but letting them virtually hack other people, monsters, and aliens to bloody shreds in exquisite, life-like detail and with the most vicious weapons imaginable is (ho hum) tolerated, if not exactly condoned?”
“Step 1 of the preemie research uses a technology called optical coherence tomography, or OCT, that beams light to create a map of the back of the eye, showing the retina's layers in exquisite detail.”
“These fossils represent a record of the Cambrian explosion and "they are precious because they preserve in exquisite detail ... the soft anatomy of organisms.”
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