difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
"his whole attitude had undergone a subtle change"; "a subtle difference"; "that elusive thing the soul"
able to make fine distinctions
"a subtle mind"
insidious, pernicious, subtle(adj)
working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way
"glaucoma is an insidious disease"; "a subtle poison"
Hard to grasp; not obvious or easily understood; barely noticeable.
The difference is subtle, but you can hear it if you listen carefully.
Tenuous; rarefied; of low density or thin consistency.
Origin: From sotil, subtil, from soutil, later subtil, subtil, from subtilis; probably, originally, “woven fine”, and from sub + tela, from texere.
sly in design; artful; cunning; insinuating; subtile; -- applied to persons; as, a subtle foe
cunningly devised; crafty; treacherous; as, a subtle stratagem
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
smooth and deceptive
Subtle was an alternative hip hop sextet from Oakland, California. It consisted of Adam Drucker, Jeffrey Logan, Dax Pierson, Jordan Dalrymple, Alexander Kort, and Marty Dowers. The band was formed in 2001. While considered by the artists to be "genreless", Subtle had close ties to the hip hop and indie music scene. Although both Doseone and Jel have strong ties to the Anticon collective, Subtle was not on the Anticon label roster. Subtle was signed to Lex Records.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sut′l (B. Sub′til), adj. subtile in a figurative sense: acute, quick to discern or discriminate: insinuating, sly, artful: cunningly devised, ingenious.—ns. Subt′leness, Subt′lety, quality of being subtle: artfulness: shrewdness: extreme acuteness.—adj. Subt′le-wit′ted, sharp-witted.—adv. Subt′ly (B. Sub′tilly), ingeniously, cleverly: artfully, deceitfully. [Contr. of subtile.]
Song lyrics by subtle -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by subtle on the Lyrics.com website.
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Rank popularity for the word 'subtle' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4833
Rank popularity for the word 'subtle' in Adjectives Frequency: #659
The numerical value of subtle in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of subtle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Examples of subtle in a Sentence
People wanted something so subtle.
God may be subtle, but He isn't mean.
The Lord God is subtle, but malicious He is not.
When the mafia strikes, it is much more subtle and effective.
It wasn't such a subtle message of what I should do with my life.
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- subtilCatalan, Valencian
- ausgetüftelt, dezent, schlau, haarfein, raffiniert, feinsinnig, fast unmerklich, spitzfindig, scharfsinnigGerman
- ovela, salakavala, hienovarainen, hienoinenFinnish
- subtil, délicatFrench
- caolchúiseach, glicIrish
- טמיר, עדין, עמום, מעודן, חמקמק, עלום, דק, מרומזHebrew
- sottile, inafferrabileItalian
- 捕らえ難い, 巧妙Japanese
- хитрый, коварный, неуловимыйRussian
- zekîce, sinsice, ustaca, zor algılanan, mâhirâne, güç algılanan, kurnazcaTurkish
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