- 1Extremely beautiful and, typically, delicate: exquisite, jewellike portraitsMore example sentences
- Executed with breathlessly fine strokes, these exquisite images are as beautiful and accomplished as line drawings by Picasso or Matisse.
- Her fine exquisite features and extremely pale skin were making her look as a statue made by a sculptor master.
- Their delicate and exquisite prints, some of which use gampi paper as their base, sell for very reasonable prices, an opportunity that may not last.
- 1.1Intensely felt: the most exquisite kind of agonyMore example sentences
- These sorts of wounds are sharp, quick, and part of the game's exquisite agonies.
- It's a form of exquisite torture watching George and Martha torment each other, and occasionally this becomes tiresome.
- It's like tapping a spoon on a bad tooth, exquisite agony.
- 1.2Highly sensitive or discriminating: her exquisite taste in paintingMore example sentences
- Soprano Juliane Banse's fruity voice is neither childish nor stereotypically innocent, but her diction and sensitivity to words are exquisite.
- The exquisite sensitivity of the nose can be defeated by a common cold.
- Happily, the technology is now doing its job, collecting data methodically and with exquisite sensitivity.
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- A man who is affectedly concerned with his clothes and appearance; a dandy.More example sentences
- Using brightly coloured, almost grotesque distortion of an individual's salient features, he targeted the royal family, politicians, society figures, exquisites, and charlatans.
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- The suggested white was a dream, the red equally sublime, but the exquisitely soft, peach coloured rose was the crowning glory.
- Like everything that followed, it was exquisitely presented and fantastically flavoursome.
- Sublimely funny and exquisitely sad, this might just turn out to be an American classic.
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- People from all walks of life were present at the cocktail and happily sampled the exquisiteness of Indian cuisine.
- Too bad we live in a part of the world that often covers our eyes from its skies with a thick wall of dust, keeping the exquisiteness of the twinkling stars for itself.
- It has the elements required to be spectacular, but it is lacking the exquisiteness that is associated with ballet.
late Middle English (in the sense 'carefully ascertained, precise'): from Latin exquisit- 'sought out', from the verb exquirere, from ex- 'out' + quaerere 'seek'.