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a delicate matter

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  • delicate matter — fine matter, sensitive issue …   English contemporary dictionary

  • matter — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 subject/situation that must be dealt with ADJECTIVE ▪ important, pressing, serious, urgent, weighty ▪ He left, saying he had pressing matters to attend to. ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • delicate — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English delicat, from Latin delicatus given to self indulgence, fastidious, subtly pleasing, not robust; akin to Latin delicere to allure Date: 14th century 1. pleasing to the senses: a. generally pleasant < the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • delicate — del|i|cate [ delıkət ] adjective ** 1. ) something that is delicate can easily be damaged or broken: Delicate skin must be protected from the sun. a ) someone who is delicate is rather weak and often sick 2. ) a delicate situation needs to be… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • delicate */*/ — UK [ˈdelɪkət] / US adjective 1) something that is delicate can easily be damaged or broken Delicate skin must be protected from the sun. 2) someone who is delicate is rather weak and often ill 3) attractive and thin, small, light, or graceful The …   English dictionary

  • delicate — del|i|cate [ˈdelıkıt] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: delicatus] 1.) needing to be dealt with carefully or sensitively in order to avoid problems or failure ▪ There s something I have to speak to you about it s a delicate matter . ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Matter — • Taking the term in its widest sense, matter signifies that out of which anything is made or composed Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Matter     Matter      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • delicate — [[t]de̱lɪkət[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Something that is delicate is small and beautifully shaped. He had delicate hands. ...an evergreen tree with large flame coloured leaves and delicate blossom. Syn: dainty Derived words: delicately ADV… …   English dictionary

  • Matter — This article is about the concept in the physical sciences. For other uses, see Matter (disambiguation). Matter is a general term for the substance of which all physical objects consist.[1][2] Typically, matter includes atoms and other particles… …   Wikipedia

  • delicate — adjective 1) delicate embroidery Syn: fine, exquisite, intricate, dainty; flimsy, gauzy, filmy, floaty, diaphanous, wispy, insubstantial Ant: coarse, crude 2) …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • delicate — adj. VERBS ▪ be, feel, look ▪ Her bones felt as delicate as a bird s. ▪ The glasses looked very delicate. ▪ become AD …   Collocations dictionary

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