Examples of tact in a Sentence
- Far from joining polite society like the debutants of the past, the kids gleefully rip through social graces, alienating friends and sacrificing tact all in the name of creating a VIP room filled with people too young to drive themselves home. —Ana Marie Cox, Time, 24 Apr. 2006
- The attorney general's lack of restraint and want of tact, on such an occasion … were clearly symptomatic of a considerable irritation, even rage. —Christopher Hitchens, Harper's, March 2001
- In society tact is the great art that makes for civility, for civilization … —Jacques Barzun, From Dawn to Decadance, 2000
- He did not clear his throat with badinage, as timidity teaches us to do, nor did he waste his breath with tact. —Earl Shorris, Harper's, September 1997
- A man of gentle mien, he is inclined to use psychology and tact, rather than showboat heroics, when pursuing his murder inquiries. —Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review, 1 Jan. 1989
The peace talks required great tact on the part of both leaders.
I was surprised by his lack of tact.
Recent Examples of tact from the Web
Once your appetite is back in tact, hail a cab and venture out to the Umlazi township for an afternoon at Max's Lifestyle.
His charm, talent and tact had found an appreciative response in his father-in-law; Jean was, Dominique said, the son that her father, who had only daughters, never had.
Built in 1908, the delightful home has been carefully maintained and updated since then, keeping a host of original details in tact.
But Ofo’s chief competitor, Mobike, took a different tact: redesign the bicycle from scratch.
The franchise is playing to contend for titles a season or two down the line—Philly has max cap space this summer—and that timeline remains in tact.
Al, who only has part of his hair cut done, sets out on the adventures with a hair salon cape in hopes of having his lines and edges in tact soon.
Deputy Peterson is dependable and reliable and handles issues that arise with tact and solid judgement.
Fittingly, the problem behind the American contrition involves one of the nation's biggest current issues: a general deterioration of both tact and the value of words.
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Did You Know?
This word came to English directly from French (a Latin-based language), where it can also mean simply "sense of touch". Dealing with difficult situations involving other people can require the kind of extreme sensitivity that our fingertips possess. As Lincoln once said, "Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves", which doesn't usually come naturally. Someone tactful can soothe the feelings of the most difficult people; a tactless person will generally make a bad situation worse.
Synonym Discussion of tact
- questions showing a lack of tact
- brought it off with remarkable address
- answered the accusations with unruffled poise
- the savoir faire of a seasoned traveler
TACT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tact for English Language Learners
: the ability to do or say things without offending or upsetting other people
TACT Defined for Kids
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