Central questions of gender and ethnicity are handled with a delicate clarity.
Because God forbid these delicate students should be exposed to an idea or an organization with which they disagree—at college.
Boycotting a country is the equivalent of a blunt, lethal machete not a delicate scalpel.
Finally, the relationship between law and politics in democracies is a delicate one.
Are we, delicate flowers that we are, really going to have our holiday ruined by this?
It seemed to imply a delicate distinction that carried conviction at once.
Some of its furnishings are so delicate that I hardly like to touch them.
In its zeal for the attainment of its end, it is not delicate in the choice of means.
There is nothing luminous, transparent, or delicate about dust.
He is not vain, though well formed, and his hands are delicate.
late 14c., "self-indulgent, loving ease; delightful; sensitive, easily hurt; feeble," from Latin delicatus "alluring, delightful, dainty," also "addicted to pleasure, luxurious, effeminate;" of uncertain origin; related by folk etymology (and perhaps genuinely) to deliciae "a pet," and delicere "to allure, entice" (see delicious). Meaning "easily broken" is recorded from 1560s.