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Princeton's WordNet

  1. subtlyadverb

    in a subtle manner

    "late nineteenth-century French opera at its most beautiful, subtly romantic with a twilight melancholy"


  1. subtlyadverb

    With subtleness, in a subtle manner. With cleverness rather than brute force.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Subtlyadverb

    Etymology: from subtle.

    Thou see’st how subtly to detain thee I devise;
    Inviting thee to hear, while I relate. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    In the nice bee, what sense so subtly true,
    From pois’nous herbs extracts the healing dew! Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subtlyadverb

    in a subtle manner; slyly; artfully; cunningly

  2. Subtlyadverb

    nicely; delicately

  3. Subtlyadverb

    deceitfully; delusively

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of subtly in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of subtly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of subtly in a Sentence

  1. Nelson Shanks:

    The reality is he's probably the most famous liar of all time, he and his administration did some very good things, of course, but I could never get this Monica thing completely out of my mind and it is subtly incorporated in the painting.

  2. John Donne:

    Love was as subtly caught, as a disease; But being got it is a treasure sweet, which to defend is harder than to get: And ought not be profaned on either part, for though 'Tis got by chance, 'Tis kept by art.

  3. Greg McKenna:

    This fits with the theory that the Saudis and Russians are subtly moving toward a change to the agreement at this month's meeting.

  4. Joanna Schroeder:

    First boys are inundated by memes with subtly racist, sexist, and homophobic, anti-Semitic jokes and being kids, they don't see the nuance and they repeat and share, then they are shunned in school or socially.

  5. Matt Gorman:

    Joe Biden is going to regret this decision, his candidacy will not only rehash his very long record in public life, but allow his opponents to subtly argue he is too old and too moderate to be the Democratic standard-bearer.

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    declare untrue; contradict
    • A. blur
    • B. deny
    • C. fudge
    • D. attend

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