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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 del·i·ca·cy /ˈdɛlɪkəsi/

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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: the quality of being beautiful and delicate in appearance;
           "the daintiness of her touch"; "the fineness of her
           features" [syn: daintiness, fineness]
      2: something considered choice to eat [syn: dainty, goody,
         kickshaw, treat]
      3: refined taste; tact [syn: discretion]
      4: smallness of stature [syn: slightness]
      5: lack of physical strength [syn: fragility]
      6: subtly skillful handling of a situation [syn: diplomacy, discreetness,
      7: lightness in movement or manner [syn: airiness]