Exquisite vs Expostulate - What's the difference?

exquisite | expostulate |

As an adjective exquisite

is especially fine or pleasing; exceptional.

As a noun exquisite

is (rare) fop, dandy.

As a verb expostulate is

to protest or remonstrate; to reason earnestly with a person on some impropriety of conduct.




(en adjective)
  • Especially fine or pleasing; exceptional.
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  • *:Selwyn, sitting up rumpled and cross-legged on the floor, after having boloed Drina to everybody's exquisite satisfaction, looked around at the sudden rustle of skirts to catch a glimpse of a vanishing figure—a glimmer of ruddy hair and the white curve of a youthful face, half-buried in a muff.
  • (lb) Carefully adjusted; precise; accurate; exact.
  • ; far-fetched; abstruse.
  • Of special beauty or rare excellence.
  • Exceeding; extreme; keen, in a bad or a good sense.
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  • Of delicate perception or close and accurate discrimination; not easy to satisfy; exact; fastidious.
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  • *(Thomas Fuller) (1606-1661)
  • *:his books of Oriental languages, wherein he was exquisite
  • Synonyms

    * beautiful, delicate, discriminating


    (en noun)
  • (rare) Fop, dandy.
  • * 1925 , , Random House, London:2007, p. 42.
  • So striking was his appearance that two exquisites , emerging from the Savoy Hotel and pausing on the pavement to wait for a vacant taxi, eyed him with pained disapproval as he approached, and then, starting, stared in amazement.
  • *:: 'Good Lord!' said the first exquisite .
  • expostulate



  • To protest or remonstrate; to reason earnestly with a person on some impropriety of conduct.
  • * Jowett
  • Men expostulate with erring friends; they bring accusations against enemies who have done them a wrong.
  • * 1719,
  • The tears would run plentifully down my face when I made these reflections; and sometimes I would expostulate with myself why Providence should thus completely ruin His creatures, and render them so absolutely miserable; so without help, abandoned, so entirely depressed, that it could hardly be rational to be thankful for such a life.
  • * 1843 , '', book 2, ch. XI, ''The Abbot’s Ways
  • […] he affectionately loved many persons to whom he never or hardly ever shewed a countenance of love. Once on my venturing to expostulate with him on the subject, he reminded me of Solomon: “Many sons I have; it is not fit that I should smile on them.”


    * challenge * demur * except * inveigh * kick * object * protest * remonstrate * squawk ----