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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of subtilise.

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Examples

  • These subtilised interpretations are highly manifold according to their nature and have almost nothing to do with the original text.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Certain as a man can be that she was his own daughter, he often wondered whence she got herself — her red-gold hair, now greyed into a special colour; her direct, spirited face, so different from his own rather folded and subtilised countenance, her little light figure, when he and most of the Forsytes were tall.

    To Let

  • My body is no longer firm and terrestrial; it is resolved into its constituent atoms, subtilised, volatilised.

    Journey to the Interior of the Earth

  • We have not lost the generosity and dignity of thinking of the fourteenth century; nor as yet have we subtilised ourselves into savages.

    The World's Greatest Books — Volume 14 — Philosophy and Economics

  • This may be termed Neo-Druidism, a kind of Druidism subtilised and reformed on the model of Christianity, which may be seen growing more and more obscure and mysterious, until the moment of its total disappearance.

    The Poetry of the Celtic Races. V.

  • There are moments of mental exaltation and ecstasy when our thoughts are purified, subtilised, etherealised as it were.

    Indiana

  • Certain as a man can be that she was his own daughter, he often wondered whence she got herself -- her red-gold hair, now greyed into a special colour; her direct, spirited face, so different from his own rather folded and subtilised countenance, her little lithe figure, when he and most of the Forsytes were tall.

    The Forsyte Saga - Complete

  • But as the composer grows in maturity, he subjects the raw material to a more and more thorough process of refinement and development before he considers it fit for artistic purposes; the popular dances are spiritualised, the national characteristics and their corresponding musical idioms are subtilised and individualised.

    Frederic Chopin as a Man and Musician

  • 'Those translators who, for want of understanding the characteristical difference of tongues, have formed a chaotick dialect of heterogeneous phrases;' 'In one part refinement will be subtilised beyond exactness, and evidence dilated in another beyond perspicuity.'

    Life Of Johnson

  • They arrive at the exterior senses, thence pass to the interior, then to the imagination, then to the active understanding, and come at last to the passive understanding, to the end that passing through so many strainers and under so many files they may be purified, subtilised and perfected, and of sensible become intelligible.

    Treatise on the Love of God

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