V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (n.) 1. a delicate and diplomatic approach in dealing with a difficult situation; 2. elegance in one's movements; (v.) to bring about or manage by adroit maneuvering
Synonyms: (n.) delicacy, savvy, discretion, diplomacy, adeptness, artfulness, skillfulness, grace, mastery, elegance
Antonyms: clumsiness, indiscretion
Tips: Finesse denotes a deftness and grace of style, especially in a troublesome situation. James Bond could be said to have finesse in his physical agility, as well as social finesse. In the verb form, if you finesse something you are skillfully or delicately managing it.
Fred Astaire had legendary finesse on the dance floor. (artfulness, skillfulness) noun
The law firm's human resources manager had such social finesse, she was able to quickly and easily solve any employee problems which arose. (savvy, adeptness) noun
They found themselves in a sticky situation and looked for a way to finesse out of it. (carefully maneuver) verb
Let's try to finesse our way out of this party, because I don't want to stay, but I also don't want to hurt the hostess' feelings. (gracefully exit)
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