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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Del·i·ca·cy n.; pl. Delicacies
 1. The state or condition of being delicate; agreeableness to the senses; delightfulness; as, delicacy of flavor, of odor, and the like.
    What choice to choose for delicacy best.   --Milton.
 2. Nicety or fineness of form, texture, or constitution; softness; elegance; smoothness; tenderness; and hence, frailty or weakness; as, the delicacy of a fiber or a thread; delicacy of a hand or of the human form; delicacy of the skin; delicacy of frame.
 3. Nice propriety of manners or conduct; susceptibility or tenderness of feeling; refinement; fastidiousness; and hence, in an exaggerated sense, effeminacy; as, great delicacy of behavior; delicacy in doing a kindness; delicacy of character that unfits for earnest action.
    You know your mother's delicacy in this point.   --Cowper.
 4. Addiction to pleasure; luxury; daintiness; indulgence; luxurious or voluptuous treatment.
 And to those dainty limbs which Nature lent
 For gentle usage and soft delicacy?   --Milton.
 5. Nice and refined perception and discrimination; critical niceness; fastidious accuracy.
    That Augustan delicacy of taste which is the boast of the great public schools of England.   --Macaulay.
 6. The state of being affected by slight causes; sensitiveness; as, the delicacy of a chemist's balance.
 7. That which is alluring, delicate, or refined; a luxury or pleasure; something pleasant to the senses, especially to the sense of taste; a dainty; as, delicacies of the table.
    The merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.   --Rev. xviii. 3.
 8. Pleasure; gratification; delight. [Obs.]
    He Rome brent for his delicacie.   --Chaucer.
 Syn: -- See Dainty.