1. extreme delicacy or subtlety in action, performance, skill, discrimination, taste, etc.
2. skill in handling a difficult or highly sensitive situation; adroit and artful management: exceptional diplomatic finesse.
3. a trick, artifice, or stratagem.
4. Bridge, Whist. an attempt to win a trick with a card while holding a higher card not in sequence with it, in the hope that the card or cards between will not be played.
verb (used without object), finessed, finessing.
5. to use finesse or artifice.
6. to make a finesse at cards.
verb (used with object), finessed, finessing.
7. to bring about by finesse or artifice.
8. to avoid; circumvent.
9. to make a finesse with (a card).
10. to force the playing of (a card) by a finesse.
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1, 2. tact, diplomacy, savoir faire, circumspection, sensitivity, sensibility.
Origin: 1400-50; late Middle English: degree of excellence or purity < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *fīnitia. See fine, -ice
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