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delicate (often more than one sense is implied)
1. delightful, pleasant Wint. III. i. 1 “The climate's ,” Mac. I. vi. 10, Oth. I. iii. 360, Ant. II. vii. 115 “delicate Lethe.”
2. graceful, dainty, elegant Tp. I. ii. 438 “ Ariel,” II. ii. 97, Tim. IV. iii. 387, Oth. II. iii. 20 “ creature.”
3. voluptuous Ado I. i. 313 “soft and delicate desires.”
4. tender, not robust Ham. IV. iv. 48 “a and tender prince,” Oth. I. ii. 74 “her youth,” II. i. 236.
5. exquisite in nature, beauty, &c., Tp. I. ii. 272 “a spirit too To act her earthly . . . commands.”
6. skilful, ingenious Lr. IV. vi. 189 “a stratagem,” Oth. IV. i. 197 “So with her needle!,” Cym. V. v. 47; skilfully or finely wrought All'sW. IV. v. 111 “ fine hats,” Ham. V. ii. 160 “most carriages.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, 5.5
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