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tasteful

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Pronunciation: /ˈteɪs(t)fʊl
 
, -f(ə)l/

Definition of tasteful in English:

adjective

Showing good aesthetic judgement or appropriate behaviour: a tasteful lounge bar
More example sentences
  • Judgements on what is tasteful and what is not in a burial ground are not easy.
  • The use of that claim at the beginning of Wolf Creek was not, in my opinion, tasteful or appropriate.
  • Every year now brings the opening of some tasteful new attraction.
Synonyms
in good taste, discriminating, fastidious, refined, cultured, cultivated, sensitive, restrained, harmonious, fitting, fit, becoming, pleasing, elegant, graceful, stylish, smart, chic, attractive, beautiful, pretty, charming, handsome, exquisite, aesthetic, artistic
decorous, proper, seemly, correct, polite, tactful, respectable, restrained, appropriate, modest;

Derivatives

tastefully

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • The Irish and Jordanian flags were flying all over the area with the entire village tastefully decorated with buntings.
  • The hotel, which is only a few years old, is tastefully decorated.
  • They are simply and tastefully decorated, with deep-hued woods, white linen and a shower that opens straight onto the beach view.

tastefulness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • It was her litheness, her muscular body, the tastefulness of her tan cashmere sweater over her straight black skirt, the demure beads at her throat and wrists.
  • You will be relieved to know, I'm sure, that not all standards of tastefulness have been trampled by this ruling.
  • They have questioned the tastefulness of new books and films about Hitler, and again demonized the icons of Nazism.

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