Definitions for subtle
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word subtle.
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, subtleadjective
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.
Etymology: From sotil, subtil, from soutil, later subtil, subtil, from subtilis; probably, originally, “woven fine”, and from sub + tela, from texere.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Sly; artful; cunning.
Some subtle headed fellow will put some quirk, or devise some evasion, whereof the rest will take hold. Edmund Spenser.
Shall we think the subtle witted French
Conj’rers and sorc’rers, that, afraid of him,
By magick verse have thus contriv’d his end? William Shakespeare, H. VI.
The serpent, subtlest beast of all the field. John Milton.
The Arabians were men of a deep and subtle wit. Thomas Sprat.
Subtle can be described as something that is delicate, understated, or not easily noticeable. It often refers to a quality or characteristic that is not obvious or blatant, requiring careful observation or analysis to be fully understood or appreciated. Subtle can also refer to a clever or nuanced approach, strategy, or communication style that effectively conveys a message or intention without being overly direct or explicit.
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
Histories make men wise poets, witty the mathematics, subtle natural philosophy, deep moral, grave logic and rhetoric, able to contend.
Colorblind racism is the new racial music most people dance to, the 'new racism' is subtle, institutionalized and seemingly nonracial.
A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value.
Some of these differences are obvious and make immediate sense, like depressed people talk about negative emotions more, some differences are more subtle, like depressed people use ‘I’ more than their community control counterparts.
Science advances through tentative answers to a series of more and more subtle questions which reach deeper and deeper into the essence of natural phenomena.
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- subtilCatalan, Valencian
- scharfsinnig, spitzfindig, fast unmerklich, feinsinnig, raffiniert, haarfein, ausgetüftelt, schlau, dezentGerman
- hienoinen, salakavala, ovela, hienovarainenFinnish
- délicat, subtilFrench
- caolchúiseach, glicIrish
- דק, עלום, טמיר, עדין, חמקמק, מרומז, עמום, מעודןHebrew
- sottile, inafferrabileItalian
- 捕らえ難い, 巧妙Japanese
- хитрый, неуловимый, коварныйRussian
- kurnazca, güç algılanan, mâhirâne, zor algılanan, ustaca, sinsice, zekîceTurkish
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