Synonyms & Antonyms of exquisite

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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

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3 satisfying or pleasing because of fineness or mildness
  • waiters at the wedding reception served exquisite hors d'oeuvres from silver trays

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Synonyms & Antonyms of exquisite (Entry 2 of 2)

as in swell, clotheshorse

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How is the word exquisite different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of exquisite are choice, dainty, delicate, elegant, and rare. While all these words mean "having qualities that appeal to a cultivated taste," exquisite implies a perfection in workmanship or design that appeals only to very sensitive taste.

an exquisite gold bracelet

When could choice be used to replace exquisite?

While the synonyms choice and exquisite are close in meaning, choice stresses preeminence in quality or kind.

choice fabric

When can dainty be used instead of exquisite?

Although the words dainty and exquisite have much in common, dainty sometimes carries an additional suggestion of smallness and of appeal to the eye or palate.

dainty sandwiches

In what contexts can delicate take the place of exquisite?

The words delicate and exquisite are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, delicate implies exquisiteness, subtlety, and fragility.

delicate craftsmanship

Where would elegant be a reasonable alternative to exquisite?

The synonyms elegant and exquisite are sometimes interchangeable, but elegant applies to what is rich and luxurious but restrained by good taste.

a sumptuous but elegant dining room

When is rare a more appropriate choice than exquisite?

While in some cases nearly identical to exquisite, rare suggests an uncommon excellence.

rare beauty

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The first known use of exquisite was in the 15th century

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“Exquisite.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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