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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Ex"qui*site
  1. Carefully selected or sought out; hence, of distinguishing and surpassing quality; exceedingly nice; delightfully excellent; giving rare satisfaction; as, exquisite workmanship."Plate of rare device, and jewels Of reach and exquisite form." [Shak.]"I have no exquisite reason for 't, but I have reason good enough." [Shak.]
  2. Exceeding; extreme; keen; -- used in a bad or a good sense; as, exquisite pain or pleasure.
  3. Of delicate perception or close and accurate discrimination; not easy to satisfy; exact; nice; fastidious; as, exquisite judgment, taste, or discernment."His books of Oriental languages, wherein he was exquisite." [Fuller.]
    synonyms: Nice; delicate; exact; refined; choice; rare; matchless; consummate; perfect.

Etymology: L. exquisitus, p. p. of exquirere to search out; ex out + quarere to seek, search. See Quest

noun Ex"qui*site
One who manifests an exquisite attention to external appearance; one who is overnice in dress or ornament; a fop; a dandy.
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  1. Of extreme beauty ("her exquisite face")
  2. Delicately beautiful ("an exquisite cameo")
  3. Lavishly elegant and refined
  4. Intense or sharp ("suffered exquisite pain" and "felt exquisite pleasure")

From Latin exquīsītus, perfect passive participle of exquīrō (“seek out”).

  1. (rare) Fop, dandy. [from early 20th c.]

exquisite was also found in the following language(s): Latin

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Past life for Exquisite born Jun 22, 1962

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Southern Australia approximately on 1125. Your profession was digger and undertaker.

You were a person with huge energy, good in planning and supervising. If you were just a garbage-man, you were chief garbage-man. You are bound to learn to understand other people and to meet all life difficulties with joyful heart. You should help others, bringing them spirit of joy.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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