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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: exquisitus, past participle of exquirere 'to search out', from quaerere 'to look for'

exquisite

adjective
     
ex‧qui‧site
1 extremely beautiful and very delicately made:
the most exquisite craftsmanship
2 very sensitive and delicate in the way you behave or do things:
She has exquisite taste in art.
3 literary exquisite pain or pleasure is felt very strongly
exquisitely adverb
exquisiteness noun [uncountable]

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