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Subtle meaning

subtle - 6 dictionary results

  1. 1. Sly in design; artful; cunning; insinuating; subtile; -- applied to persons; as, a subtle foe.
  2. 2. Cunningly devised; crafty; treacherous; as, a subtle stratagem.
  3. 3. Characterized by refinement and niceness in drawing distinctions; nicely discriminating; -- said of persons; as, a subtle logician; refined; tenuous; sinuous; insinuating; hence, penetrative or pervasive; -- said of the mind; its faculties, or its operations; as, a subtle intellect; a subtle imagination; a subtle process of thought; also, difficult of apprehension; elusive.
  4. 4. Smooth and deceptive.
  5. 5. Crafty; cunning.
  6. 6. Subtlety, subtleness.

subtle - examples of usage

  1. It was that the actual, visible mist was a materialised expression of an extraordinarily subtle atmosphere, in which we were moving. - "The Ghost Pirates", William Hope Hodgson.
  2. Pleasure is the most subtle and universal form of temptation. - "Practical Ethics", William DeWitt Hyde.
  3. So subtle was it that Sally felt she had nothing to lay hold of. - "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
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