- of special beauty or charm, or rare and appealing excellence, as a face, a flower, coloring, music, or poetry.
- extraordinarily fine or admirable; consummate: exquisite weather.
- intense; acute, or keen, as pleasure or pain.
- of rare excellence of production or execution, as works of art or workmanship: the exquisite statues of the Renaissance.
- keenly or delicately sensitive or responsive: an exquisite ear for music; an exquisite sensibility.
- of particular refinement or elegance, as taste, manners, etc., or persons.
- carefully sought out, chosen, ascertained, devised, etc.
- Archaic. a person, especially a man, who is excessively concerned about clothes, grooming, etc.; dandy; coxcomb.
Origin of exquisite
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Examples from the Web for exquisitely
He was highly perceptive and exquisitely sensitive to everything around him.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor
S. C. Gwynne
November 29, 2014
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
May 17, 2014
Any ad invoking that tragedy would have to be exquisitely sensitive and carefully crafted.Send In Bill Clinton to Save the Democratic Midterm Campaign
April 14, 2014
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.
My dear, don't fail to try them, they're exquisitely perfect!The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
All was now exquisitely restful, instinct with unlimited hope.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The form of her face was exquisitely lovely, her complexion radiant.Beaux and Belles of England
It was exquisitely polished, and cased in the interior with silver.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
The weather was exquisitely still, the sky absolutely clear.A Spirit in Prison
- possessing qualities of unusual delicacy and fine craftsmanshipjewels in an exquisite setting
- extremely beautiful and pleasingan exquisite face
- outstanding or excellentan exquisite victory
- sensitive; discriminatingexquisite taste
- fastidious and refined
- intense or sharp in feelingexquisite pleasure; exquisite pain
- obsolete a dandy
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.
- Extremely intense, keen, or sharp. Used of pain or tenderness.