EXQUISITE

exquisite

(adjective) of extreme beauty; “her exquisite face”

dainty, exquisite

(adjective) delicately beautiful; “a dainty teacup”; “an exquisite cameo”

exquisite, recherche

(adjective) lavishly elegant and refined

exquisite, keen

(adjective) intense or sharp; “suffered exquisite pain”; “felt exquisite pleasure”

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology

Adjective

exquisite (comparative more exquisite, superlative most exquisite)

Especially fine or pleasing; exceptional.

(obsolete) Carefully adjusted; precise; accurate; exact.

Recherché; far-fetched; abstruse.

Of special beauty or rare excellence.

Exceeding; extreme; keen, in a bad or a good sense.

Of delicate perception or close and accurate discrimination; not easy to satisfy; exact; fastidious.

Synonyms

• beautiful, delicate, discriminating, perfect

Noun

exquisite (plural exquisites)

(rare) Fop, dandy. [from early 20th c.]

Source: Wiktionary


Ex"qui*site, a. Etym: [L. exquisitus, p.p. of exquirere to search out; ex out + quarere to seek, search. See Quest.]

1. Carefully selected or sought out; hence, of distinguishing and surpassing quality; exceedingly nice; delightfully excellent; giving rare satisfaction; as, exquisite workmanship. Plate of rare device, and jewels Of reach and exquisite form. Shak. I have no exquisite reason for 't, but I have reason good enough. Shak.

2. Exceeding; extreme; keen; -- used in a bad or a good sense; as, exquisite pain or pleasure.

3. Of delicate perception or close and accurate discrimination; not easy to satisfy; exact; nice; fastidious; as, exquisite judgment, taste, or discernment. His books of Oriental languages, wherein he was exquisite. Fuller.

Syn.

– Nice; delicate; exact; refined; choice; rare; matchless; consummate; perfect.

Ex"qui*site, n.

Definition: One who manifests an exquisite attention to external appearance; one who is overnice in dress or ornament; a fop; a dandy.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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Coffee Trivia

The Boston Tea Party helped popularize coffee in America. The hefty tea tax imposed on the colonies in 1773 resulted in America switching from tea to coffee. In the lead up to the Revolutionary War, it became patriotic to sip java instead of tea. The Civil War made the drink more pervasive. Coffee helped energize tired troops, and drinking it became an expression of freedom.

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