Exquisite



[ik-skwiz-it, ek-skwi-zit] /ɪkˈskwɪz ɪt, ˈɛk skwɪ zɪt/

adjective
1.
of special beauty or charm, or rare and appealing excellence, as a face, a flower, coloring, music, or poetry.
2.
extraordinarily fine or admirable; consummate:
exquisite weather.
3.
intense; acute, or keen, as pleasure or pain.
4.
of rare excellence of production or execution, as works of art or workmanship:
the exquisite statues of the Renaissance.
5.
keenly or delicately sensitive or responsive:
an exquisite ear for music; an exquisite sensibility.
6.
of particular refinement or elegance, as taste, manners, etc., or persons.
7.
carefully sought out, chosen, ascertained, devised, etc.
noun
8.
Archaic. a person, especially a man, who is excessively concerned about clothes, grooming, etc.; dandy; coxcomb.
/ɪkˈskwɪzɪt; ˈɛkskwɪzɪt/
adjective
1.
possessing qualities of unusual delicacy and fine craftsmanship: jewels in an exquisite setting
2.
extremely beautiful and pleasing: an exquisite face
3.
outstanding or excellent: an exquisite victory
4.
sensitive; discriminating: exquisite taste
5.
fastidious and refined
6.
intense or sharp in feeling: exquisite pleasure, exquisite pain
noun
7.
(obsolete) a dandy
adj.

early 15c., “carefully selected,” from Latin exquisitus “carefully sought out,” thus, “choice,” from past participle of exquirere “search out thoroughly,” from ex- “out” (see ex-) + quaerere “to seek” (see query (v.)).

Of any thing (good or bad, torture as well as art) brought to a highly wrought condition, sometimes shading into disapproval. A vogue word 15c.-18c., given wide extensions of meaning, none of which survives. The main modern sense of “of consummate and delightful excellence” is first attested 1579, in Lyly’s “Euphues.” Related: Exquisitely; exquisiteness. The noun meaning “a dandy, fop” is from 1819.

exquisite ex·qui·site (ěk’skwĭ-zĭt, ĭk-skwĭz’ĭt)
n.
Extremely intense, keen, or sharp. Used of pain or tenderness.

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