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Exquisite


EX'QUISITE, adjective s as z. [Latin e xquisitus, from exquiro; ex and quaero, to seek.] Literally, sought out or searched for with care; whence, choice; select. Hence,

1. Nice; exact; very excellent; complete; as a vase of exquisite workmanship.

2. Nice; accurate; capable of nice perception; as exquisite sensibility.

3. Nice; accurate; capable of nice discrimination; as exquisite judgment, taste or discernment.

4. Being in the highest degree; extreme; as, to relish pleasure in an exquisite degree. So we say, exquisite pleasure or pain.

The most exquisite of human satisfactions flows from an approving conscience.

5. Very sensibly felt; as a painful and exquisite impression on the nerves.