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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
 
Class VI. Words Relating to the Sentient and Moral Powers
Section II. Personal Affections
2. Discriminative Affections
 
850. [Good Taste.] Taste.
 
  
NOUN:TASTE; good -, refined -, cultivated- taste; delicacy, refinement, fine feeling, gust, gusto, tact, finesse; nicety (discrimination) [See Discrimination]; to prepon [Gr. τ&omicgr; πρ&epsitono;πον], polish, elegance, grace.
  ARTISTIC QUALITY, virtu; dilettanteism, virtuosity, connoisseurship, fine art of living; fine art; culture, cultivation.
  “caviare to the general” [Hamlet].
  [SCIENCE OF TASTE] æsthetics.
  MAN OF TASTE &c.; connoisseur, judge, critic, conoscente, virtuoso, amateur, dilettante; Aristarchus, Corinthian; Aristotle, Stagirite; Petronius, arbiter elegantiæ [L.], arbiter elegantiarum [L.].
  euphemist, purist, precisian.
  
VERB:DISPLAY TASTE &c. n.; appreciate, judge, criticize, discriminate [See Discrimination].
  
ADJECTIVE:IN GOOD TASTE, tasteful, unaffected, pure, chaste, classical, Attic, cultivated; attractive, charming, dainty; æsthetic, artistic.
  refined, tasty [colloq.]; prim, precise, formal, prudish; elegant [See Elegance]; euphemistic.
  TO ONE’S TASTE, to one’s mind; after one’s fancy; comme il faut [F.]; tiré à quatre épingles [F.].
  
ADVERB:ELEGANTLY &c. adj.; with quiet elegance; with elegant simplicity; without ostentation.
  
QUOTATIONS:
  1. Nihil tetigit quod non ornavit.—from Johnson’s epitaph on Goldsmith
  2. Chacun à son goût; oculi picturâ tenentur aures cantibus.—Cicero
  3. Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor get the last to lay the old aside.—Pope
  4. The life of man is stronger than good taste.—Masefield

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