- 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.]
- Exceeding; extreme; keen; -- used in a bad or a good sense; as, exquisite pain or pleasure.
- 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