Origin of exquisite
Examples from the Web for exquisitely
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.”Mr. Politically Correct Obama, Meet Your Opposite, India’s Mr. Modi|Tunku Varadarajan|May 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Any ad invoking that tragedy would have to be exquisitely sensitive and carefully crafted.Send In Bill Clinton to Save the Democratic Midterm Campaign|Robert Shrum|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
It contains an exquisitely drawn picture of his own childhood in the Limousin; its value for the literary historian is very great.
It struck me as exquisitely humorous, as well as exquisitely beautiful.Fables and Fabulists: Ancient and Modern|Thomas Newbigging
The air was perfectly still, and exquisitely cold and bracing, despite the sharp grip it took upon my nose and ears.Northern Travel|Bayard Taylor
The room was exquisitely neat and clean, as if the inspector of lighthouses might be looked for at any moment.The Mermaid|Lily Dougall
She was a beautiful girl, and her exquisitely sweet voice could be heard in church every Sunday, taking part in the high mass.Thirty Years In Hell|Bernard Fresenborg
British Dictionary definitions for exquisitely
Word Origin for exquisite
Word Origin and History for exquisitely
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.