What Does FINESSE Mean?

The word FINESSE actually means "Exceptional Skill." However, as a slang term, it means "Deceptive Manipulation." Here is more information about each of these definitions of FINESSE, with examples of use.

Exceptional Skill

The word FINESSE is used to refer to anything done with exceptional skill or a delicate touch. For example:
  • LeBron James played baseball with a unique FINESSE.
  • The decision to invade demonstrated a total lack of FINESSE in the ranks of the government and its advisors.
  • She handled the situation with a FINESSE that belied her lack of experience in the role.

Deceptive Manipulation

On social media and chat forums, FINESSE has come to be used to refer to the deceptive manipulation of a person by another. For example:
  • He FINESSED her out of everything she owned and she still won't have a word said against him.
  • He said he was not interested in another relationship, but he'd never met anyone with my FINESSE.
  • She can FINESSE anyone into buying a car they never even knew they wanted.

Summary of Key Points for the First Definition of FINESSE

"Deceptive Manipulation" is the most common definition of FINESSE on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Deceptive Manipulation
Type:Word (Slang)
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Summary of Key Points for the Second Definition

"Exceptional Skill" is the original definition of FINESSE.
Definition:Exceptional Skill
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Example of FINESSE Used in a Text


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