V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, verb

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.

Usage Examples:

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)

Want to Learn More Words Like finesse?
Discover How You Can Improve Your
Vocabulary 10 to 100 Times Faster with
the Power Vocabulary Builder

Dear Friend,

The definition and lessons for the word finesse were made available by the Power Vocabulary Builder.

The Power Vocabulary Builder will help you develop a fuller, richer vocabulary 10 to 100 times faster than any other program available.

Visit the the Power Vocabulary Builder site right now to discover how you can get full access to this breakthrough program today!

What's your vocabulary level?
Power Vocabulary Builder
FREE E-mail Course!

Drop your details in the boxes below to receive a FREE vocabulary course: