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exquisite

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of exquisite

  1. 1 extreme in degree, power, or effect <felt such exquisite anger at being betrayed by a so-called friend that she could hardly think straight> Synonyms acute, almighty, blistering, deep, dreadful, excruciating, explosive, intense, fearful, fearsome, ferocious, fierce, frightful, furious, ghastly, hard, heavy, heavy-duty, hellacious, intensive, keen, profound, terrible, vehement, vicious, violentRelated Words accentuated, aggravated, concentrated, deepened; emphasized, enhanced, heightened, intensified, magnified; stressed; exhaustive, thorough; harsh, rigorous, severeNear Antonyms feeble, weak; shallow, superficial; moderated, qualified; alleviated, eased, lightened, toned (down); abated, decreased, diminished, lessened, reduced, subduedAntonyms light, moderate, soft

  2. 2 having qualities that appeal to a refined taste <exquisite pen-and-ink drawings of city scenes grace the walls of the formal restaurant> Synonyms dainty, delicate, elegant, choice, fine, rare, recherché, selectRelated Words bijou, jewellike; better, exceptional, fancy, high-grade, special; elite, exclusive; classic, excellent, fabulous, first-class, first-rate, grand, great, marvelous (or marvellous), noble, outstanding, par excellence, premium, prime, sensational, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, terrific, tip-top, top, top-notch, transcendant, unsurpassed, wonderful; ultrarareNear Antonyms coarse, gross, kitsch, kitschy, lowbrow, raffish, rough, rough-hewn, tasteless, uncultivated, uncultured, unpolished, unrefined, vulgar; commercial, mass-produced, popular; common, ordinary; average, lesser, mediocre, run-of-the-mill, run-of-the-mine (or run-of-mine), second-class, second-rate; deficient, inferior, low-grade, substandard, unacceptable, unsatisfactory, wanting

  3. 3 satisfying or pleasing because of fineness or mildness <waiters at the wedding reception served exquisite hors d'oeuvres from silver trays> Synonyms airy, dainty, delicate, nuanced, refined, subtleRelated Words choice, elegant, extraordinary, incomparable, peerless, preeminent, prime, rare, select, superior, superlative, supreme, transcendent, unsurpassed; picked, selected; fine, fragile, frailNear Antonyms coarse, crude, rough; common, ordinary; average, fair, indifferent, mediocre, medium, middling, run-of-the-mill, second-rateAntonyms robust, strong, sturdy





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