Definitions for: Finesse

[n] subtly skillful handling of a situation

Webster (1913) Definition: Fi`nesse" (? or ?), n. [F., fr. fin fine. See Fine,
1. Subtilty of contrivance to gain a point; artifice;

This is the artificialest piece of finesse to
persuade men into slavery. --Milton.

2. (Whist Playing) The act of finessing. See Finesse, v.
i., 2.

Fi*nesse", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Finessed; p. pr. &
vb. n. Finessing.]
1. To use artifice or stratagem. --Goldsmith.

2. (Whist Playing) To attempt, when second or third player,
to make a lower card answer the purpose of a higher, when
an intermediate card is out, risking the chance of its
being held by the opponent yet to play.

Synonyms: delicacy, diplomacy, discreetness

See Also: tact, tactfulness

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