Adjective "exquisite" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Extremely beautiful and delicate.
  1. 'These beautiful houses with exquisite carvings were built by eight brothers.'
  2. 'With beautiful scenery and exquisite costumes, Coppelia is a truly delightful production to charm audiences of all ages.'
  3. 'Executed with breathlessly fine strokes, these exquisite images are as beautiful and accomplished as line drawings by Picasso or Matisse.'
  4. 'She has delighted in rendering in delicate detail and exquisite colour the little-known plants and creatures of the desert.'
  5. 'Without creativity, even the most exquisite and beautiful long hair cannot be said to be fashionable.'
  6. 'Her fine exquisite features and extremely pale skin were making her look as a statue made by a sculptor master.'
  7. 'You're always beautiful, with you dark curls and beautiful eyes and exquisite skin.'
  8. 'The feature on fathers and daughters, was exquisite, delightful and beautifully written.'
  9. 'Neither of us ever had sampled a more exquisite delicacy.'
  10. 'Gold and silver were made into exquisite adornments, and beautiful objects were created from indigenous turquoise, marble, and other stones.'
Intensely felt.
  1. 'It drew on sociological studies from several countries that describe confinement under sentence of death as exquisite psychological torture.'
  2. 'The spring rain that she had worshipped before now trickled down the back of her neck like the most exquisite torture.'
  3. 'It's like tapping a spoon on a bad tooth, exquisite agony.'
  4. 'They both took quadruple bogey nines and suffered the exquisite torture that golf inflicts on all those who deign to play the game.'
  5. 'The agony is not quite as exquisite as it has been in the past.'
  6. 'And you wonder, lucid in exquisite agony, how this child will ever be born without tearing you in two,'
  7. 'The last eight years working with her had been, to say the least, the most exquisite type of torture.'
  8. 'And it must be the most exquisite torture to be a centrist who is also a patriot.'
  9. 'Nights of research, practicing accents, roles and dances, were exquisite torture.'
  10. 'It was an illuminating moment of exquisite agony still vivid these many years later.'
  11. 'her exquisite taste in painting'
  12. 'How could someone so morally degenerate have such exquisite taste?'
  13. 'I'd like to think that I'm a man of exquisite taste.'
  14. 'Clearly, however, he is a man of exquisite taste and judgement.'
  15. 'He had exquisite taste in literature, but curiously enough these wonderful books didn't sell.'
  16. 'In nearly five decades of concert going this writer has rarely heard more exquisite, sensitively projected Chopin.'
  17. 'His exquisite sensitivity to the difficulties faced by employers never failed him.'
  18. 'Soprano Juliane Banse's fruity voice is neither childish nor stereotypically innocent, but her diction and sensitivity to words are exquisite.'
  19. 'My hostess was a woman dressed in exquisite taste, friendly but politely distant.'
  20. 'His exquisite taste and critical attitude has resulted in a collection in the finest imaginable condition.'
  21. 'The exquisite sensitivity of the nose can be defeated by a common cold.'


A man who is affectedly concerned with his clothes and appearance; a dandy.


    1. of special beauty or charm, or rare and appealing excellence, as a face, a flower, coloring, music, or poetry.

    2. extraordinarily fine or admirable; consummate: exquisite weather.

    3. intense; acute, or keen, as pleasure or pain.

    4. of rare excellence of production or execution, as works of art or workmanship: the exquisite statues of the Renaissance.

    5. keenly or delicately sensitive or responsive: an exquisite ear for music; an exquisite sensibility.

    6. of particular

    More examples(as adjective)

    "people can be exquisite."

    "tastes can be exquisite."

    "beauties can be exquisite."

    "works can be exquisite."

    "states can be exquisite."

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    Late Middle English (in the sense ‘precise’): from Latin exquisit- ‘sought out’, from the verb exquirere, from ex- ‘out’ + quaerere ‘seek’.