Definitions

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  • adj. Very tenuous or rarefied.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Too subtle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Over-subtle; cunning; crafty in an excessive degree.

Etymologies

super- +‎ subtle (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • James himself once described his complicated, nuanced characters as supersubtle fry.

    Henry James' Heroine: 'Portrait' Of A Complex Lady

  • Make all the money thou canst: if sanctimony and a frail vow betwixt an erring barbarian and a supersubtle Venetian not too hard for my wits and all the tribe of hell, thou shalt enjoy her; therefore make money.

    Othello, the Moore of Venice

  • This latter case may be accounted for in two ways: sometimes a reader is supersubtle and imagines embellishments that do not exist; and sometimes the poet builds better than he knows.

    The Principles of English Versification

  • 'Complex' does not necessarily mean arcane or supersubtle or

    The Principles of English Versification

  • If sanctimony and a frail vow betwixt an erring barbarian and a supersubtle Venetian be not too hard for my wits and all the tribe of hell, thou shalt enjoy her; therefore make money.

    Act I. Scene III. Othello, the Moor of Venice

  • This may be regarded as a supersubtle distinction; but it is necessary if we are to understand the important fact about Morris that -- to quote Mr. Compton-Rickett -- "human nature in the concrete never profoundly interested him."

    The Art of Letters

  • Behind that changeless mask, as in a safe retreat, the supersubtle devil that was the man might plot destruction and plan the laying of dreadful mines.

    To Have and to Hold

  • Looking about among the very best _clichés_ (my own and others) -- "supersubtle analysis," "intimate psychology," "masterly handling," "incomparable artistry" -- I found nothing that it didn't seem

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, January 28, 1914

  • During the last half-century textual, aesthetic, and biographical criticism has been pursued in Germany with unflagging industry and energy; and although laboured and supersubtle theorising characterises much German aesthetic criticism, its mass and variety testify to the impressiveness of the appeal that Shakespeare's work has made to the

    A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles

  • The perception of this high result caused Mrs. Assingham fairly to flush with responsive joy; she glittered at her young friend, from moment to moment, quite feverishly; it was positively as if her young friend had, in some marvellous, sudden, supersubtle way, become a source of succour to herself, become beautifully, divinely retributive.

    The Golden Bowl — Complete

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