View synonyms for exquisitely


[ ik-skwiz-it-lee, ek-skwi-zit-lee ]


  1. excellently, especially in a way that shows extreme refinement or elegance:

    The scenic design is gorgeous, and the show is exquisitely lit.

    Under the tree stands a group of exquisitely sculpted Buddhas.

  2. to a degree that is exceptional or extraordinary:

    String theory suggests that the universe is created by the vibrations of exquisitely tiny superstrings in ten spatial dimensions.

  3. to an extreme degree; intensely:

    Until that point, I had not heard the details of my students’ exquisitely personal stories of the experience of war.

    The ocean swim was truly invigorating, and I felt exquisitely alive.

  4. showing keen sensitivity:

    The blood-brain barrier is a network that exquisitely controls the movement of cells and molecules between the blood and the fluid that surrounds the brain.

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  • su·per·ex·quis·ite·ly adverb
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Example Sentences

His 2018 debut, “If I Know Me,” had two exquisite hit singles, the lonesome “Whiskey Glasses” and the lonesomer “Chasin’ You.”

His book One Long River of Song is the most exquisite essay collection I’ve ever read.

By combining their signals using a powerful technique known as Very Long Baseline Interferometry, we can pinpoint the position of a signal with exquisite accuracy, such as to a single star.

DeVonta Smith, the out-of-this-world wide receiver who was named Associated Press national player of the year, roamed the field to complete tasks of exquisite difficulty — or sometimes just roamed the field with a football.

A month later, in February 1974, a small, exquisite painting by Vermeer called “The Guitar Player” was stolen from Kenwood House, a museum in Hampstead, England.

He was highly perceptive and exquisitely sensitive to everything around him.

The former is an exquisitely calibrated product of American liberalism, ever attentive to such notions as “inclusiveness.”

Any ad invoking that tragedy would have to be exquisitely sensitive and carefully crafted.

I had watched her shoot up into a slender but exquisitely formed woman from a frail, awkward child.

Her tender face bent in compassion over a marble form so exquisitely pure that I knelt and signed myself.

So exquisitely were the two woven together that you could hardly tell where the one left off and the other began.

But she was an exquisitely pretty and engaging little thing, a grand little pal, and worth cultivating.

And I thank God, who gave me the temper to feel grief exquisitely, that he at the same time gave me an equal capacity for joy.

These poems, of a savour so exquisitely strange, cost him no more than any badly rhymed commonplace.

For above the beat of the rain and the shrill whine of the wind came a strain of music, mournful, yet exquisitely beautiful.