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Delicate, adj. 1) tender: “a spirit too d. to act her earthy commands,” Tp. I, 2, 272. “led by a d. and tender prince,” Hml. IV, 4, 48. “her d. cheek,” Lr. IV, 3, 15. Ant. II, 2, 209. “when the mind is free, the body is d.” Lr. III, 4, 12. “abused her d. youth with drugs,” Oth. I, 2, 74. her d. tenderness will find itself abused, II. 1, 235.
2) lovely, graceful: “d. Ariel,” Tp. I, 2, 441. IV, I, 49. “a d. wench,” II, 1, 43. “a most d. monster,” II, 2, 93. “thou ever young, fresh, loved and d. wooer,” Tim. IV, 3, 385. “a most fresh and d. creature,” Oth. II, 3, 20. “these d. creatures,” III, 3, 269.
3) delicious: “of subtle, tender and d. temperance,” Tp. II, 1, 42. “soft and d. desires,” Ado I, 1, 305. “more moving, d. and full of life,” IV, 1, 230. “the climate 's d.” Wint. III, 1, 1. “such d. burthens,” IV, 4, 195. “roots that shall first spring and be most d.” H5 II, 4, 40. “the air is d.” Mcb. I, 6, 10. “do it a more d. way than drowning,” Oth. I, 3, 360. “in soft and d. Lethe,” Ant. II, 7, 114. “proud of that most d. lodging,” Cymb. II, 4, 136. “a d. odour,” Per. III, 2, 61.
4) fine, ingenious, artful; of persons and things: “so d. with her needle,” Oth. IV, 1, 199. “O most d. fiend! who is't can read a woman?” Cymb. V, 5, 47. “d. fine hats,” All's IV, 5, 110. “most d. carriages,” Hml. V, 2, 160. “it were a d. stratagem,” Lr. IV, 6, 188.
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