tact

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. diplomacy, finesse, discretion, consideration. See taste, conduct.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. perception, discrimination, judgment, acuteness, penetration, intelligence, acumen, common sense, perspicacity, subtlety, discernment, poise, diplomacy, savoir-faire, prudence, aptness, good taste, refinement, delicacy, the ability to get along with others, finesse, horse sense*, good politics*.
Ant. rudeness*, coarseness, misconduct.
Syn.- tact implies the skill of one who has a quick and delicate sense of what is fitting and thus avoids giving offense in dealing with persons or difficult situations [ it will require tact to keep him calm ] ; poise implies composure in the face of disturbing or embarrassing situations [ despite the taunts of the crowd, she maintained her poise] ; diplomacy implies a smoothness and adroitness in dealing with others, sometimes in such a way as to gain one's own ends [ his lack of diplomacy lost him the contract ] ; savoir-faire implies a ready knowledge of the right thing to do or say in any situation [ his savoir-faire helped advance his career ]
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
diplomacy, grace, good manners, delicacy, sensitivity, savoir-faire, finesse, discretion, thoughtfulness, consideration, courtesy. ''The unsaid part of what you think.''— Henry Van Dyke. ''Tongue in check.''—Susan Dytri. ''In the battle of existence, talent is the punch; tact is the clever footwork.''— Wilson Mizner. ''The art of making a point without making an enemy.''—Howard Newton. ''The ability to tell a man he's open-minded when he has a hole in his head.''—F.G. Kernan.
ANT.: insensitivity, rudeness, bluntness
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun The ability to say and do the right thing at the right time: address, diplomacy, savoir-faire, tactfulness. See ABILITY, COURTESY.

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