Origin of exquisite
Examples from the Web for exquisite
Welcome to the exquisite hell of being director of the Central Intelligence Agency today.John Brennan’s Tortured Defense of the CIA’s Torture Program|Shane Harris|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Like many successful tailors, his attention to detail is exquisite.The Hot Designer Who Hates Fashion: VK Nagrani Triumphs His Own Way|Tom Teodorczuk|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
According to Wynd, “Freddie Mercury once said he wanted to lead a Victorian life surrounded by exquisite clutter.”Dodo Bones and Kylie’s Poo: Inside London’s Strangest New Museum|Liza Foreman|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With its exquisite landscapes, birds-eye view and soothing cinematic music, Drone Boning makes sex look like art.Anatomy of a Drone Porn: ‘Drone Boning’ Makes Sex Look Like Art|Aurora Snow|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With exquisite timing, religious historian Karen Armstrong steps forth with Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence.Karen Armstrong’s New Rule: Religion Isn’t Responsible for Violence|Patricia Pearson|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She slept almost before she had time to appreciate the exquisite comfort of complete repose.The Lamp in the Desert|Ethel M. Dell
There was exquisite golden light on the peaks, and many rose- and violet-hued banks of cloud.Tales of lonely trails|Zane Grey
Then one sees the exquisite frocks, the superb jewels, the celebrities of good and ill repute.In Vanity Fair|Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
Then how exquisite is that first love-scene between Felix and Esther!Women Novelists of Queen Victoria's Reign|Mrs. [Margaret] Oliphant
He had been living in a dream for two years, cherishing wild thoughts of exquisite happiness.Endymion|Benjamin Disraeli
Word Origin for exquisite
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.