Very nervous persons develop a delicateness and acuteness of smell which other persons do not even imagine.
The others had all been women—womanly women, full of the weakness, the delicateness rather, that distinguishes the feminine.
And upon one of them she leaned, as if for delicateness and overmuch tenderness she were not able to bear up her own body.
For a Kate of the Black Eyebrows in the plot makes many a mighty difference to the delicateness of a man's stomach.
late 14c., "self-indulgent, loving ease; delightful; sensitive, easily hurt; feeble," from Latin delicatus "alluring, delightful, dainty," also "addicted to pleasure, luxurious, effeminate;" of uncertain origin; related by folk etymology (and perhaps genuinely) to deliciae "a pet," and delicere "to allure, entice" (see delicious). Meaning "easily broken" is recorded from 1560s.