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ex·quis·ite / ekˈskwizit; ˈekskwizit/ • adj. extremely beautiful and, typically, delicate: exquisite portraits. ∎  intensely felt: the most exquisite kind of agony. ∎  highly sensitive or discriminating: her exquisite taste in painting.DERIVATIVES: e·quis·ite·ly adv.ex·quis·ite·ness n.ORIGIN: late Middle English (in the sense ‘carefully ascertained, precise’): from Latin exquisit- ‘sought out,’ from the verb exquirere, from ex- ‘out’ + quaerere ‘seek.’