American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The quality or state of being subtle.
- n. Something subtle, especially a nicety of thought or a fine distinction.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as subtilty, 1.
- n. Acuteness of intellect; delicacy of discrimination or penetration; intellectual activity; subtility.
- n. Same as subtilty, 2.
- n. Slyness; artifice; cunning; craft; stratagem; craftiness; artfulness; wiliness.
- n. Also subtilty.
- n. That which is subtle or subtile. Also subtilty. That which is fine-drawn or intricate.
- n. That which is intellectually acute or nicely discriminating.
- n. That which is of false appearance; a deception; an illusion.
- n. Same as subtilty, 6.
- n. uncountable The quality or fact of being subtle.
- n. countable An instance of being subtle, a subtle thing, especially a subtle argument or distinction.
- n. countable An ornate medieval illusion dish or table decoration, especially when made from one thing but crafted to look like another.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being subtle, or sly; cunning; craftiness; artfulness.
- n. Nice discernment with delicacy of mental action; nicety of discrimination.
- n. Something that is sly, crafty, or delusive.
- n. the quality of being difficult to detect or analyze
- n. a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
- From Old French sutilté, from Latin subtīlitās, from subtīlis ("subtle"). (Wiktionary)
“Yes, "she pursued with greater energy," what you call subtlety of argument is but force of conviction.”
“I initially found it strange as well, but I wonder if the lack of subtlety is deliberate.”
“Your subtlety is lost even upon the bishops and priests who should know better, as I have seen them condemn all gays and gay rights initiatives as a moral evil that destroys the family.”
“I guess that subtlety is wasted on you buggers but I do appreciate the backup nonetheless.”
“When facing an enemy who could rip you apart with his strength or his mind, subtlety is how you avoid ending up in the morgue!”
“Just look at the poster; subtlety is lost on these morons.”
“That we can buy student safety by repressing free discourse; that subtlety is impossible and will lead to irresponsibility, lawlessness, who knows what social ills.”
“M. Night's idea of subtlety is to make the moral of this movie the only theory that's given any substantial screen time, and then repeat it ad nauseum, in such a ham-fisted, poorly scripted manner that during the movie, people (myself included) laughed out loud at 'serious' moments, and before it was halfway over, handfuls of people had walked out.”
“The Serpent not only refers to a legless creature that slithers around in subtlety it also meant “Beguiling, wise, and beautiful.””
“Since subtlety is nowhere to be found, the actors are merely there to serve the Racer universe.”
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