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subtler, comparative; subtlest, superlative;
  1. (esp. of a change or distinction) So delicate or precise as to be difficult to analyze or describe
    • - his language expresses rich and subtle meanings
  2. (of a mixture or effect) Delicately complex and understated
    • - subtle lighting
  3. Making use of clever and indirect methods to achieve something
    • - he tried a more subtle approach
  4. Capable of making fine distinctions
    • - a subtle mind
  5. Arranged in an ingenious and elaborate way

  6. Crafty; cunning

  1. elusive: 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"
  2. able to make fine distinctions; "a subtle mind"
  3. insidious: working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way; "glaucoma is an insidious disease"; "a subtle poison"
  4. (subtlety) nuance: a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude; "without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor"; "don't argue about shades of meaning"
  5. (subtlety) the quality of being difficult to detect or analyze; "you had to admire the subtlety of the distinctions he drew"
  6. (subtly) in a subtle manner; "late nineteenth-century French opera at its most beautiful, subtly romantic with a twilight melancholy"
  7. Subtle is a music group consisting of Adam Drucker, Jeffrey Logan, Dax Pierson, Jordan Dalrymple, Alexander Kort, and Marty Dowers. Although both Adam (also known as 'Doseone') and Jeff (also known as 'Jel') have strong ties to the anticon. music collective, Subtle is not on the Anticon roster. ...
  8. (Subtlety) An entremet (or entremets, from Old French, literally meaning "between servings") is in modern French cuisine a small dish served between courses or simply a dessert. ...
  9. Hard to grasp; not obvious or easily understood; barely noticeable; Cleverly contrived; Cunning, skillful; insidious; Tenuous; rarefied; of low density or thin consistency
  10. (subtlely) Alternative spelling of subtly
  11. (subtleness) The property of being subtle, of avoiding brute force and instead being clever or skillful
  12. (subtlety) The quality or fact of being subtle; An instance of being subtle, a subtle thing, especially a subtle argument or distinction; An ornate medieval illusion dish or table decoration, especially when made from one thing but crafted to look like another
  13. (subtly) With subtleness, in a subtle manner. With cleverness rather than brute force
  14. (SUBTLETY) (also soteltie, sotelty, soteltee, suttlety) was used in France until the 17th century. It often refers to skilled craft work by the cook or confectioner. Subtleties can be non-edible, partly edible, or totally edible.There are several possible sources for the term. ...
  15. (Subtlety) A visual presentation, usually for banquets, made of foods, marzipan, etc.
  16. (Subtlety) n. [obs.] An attribute of good writing, where the meaning is not immediately obvious, requiring thought to understand.
  17. (subtlety) A pageant, model, inedible dish or edible dish, presented as entertainment or decoration between courses. Hence, any dish in which extra care is taken over the appearance and presentation.
  18. (subtlety) a means of living and communicating in which someone says more by understatement and deliberation than could possibly be said with aggression and haste.
  19. Subtlety rogues are those that use the Subtlety Talent Tree. Also referred to as Sub rogues.
  20. Describes delicate wines with finesse, or flavors that are understated rather than full-blown and overt. A positive characteristic.
  21. sounds a touch like TURTLE, and though a turtle moves slowly (or slightly), it tends to be a pleasant experience to see one. Likewise, something that is SUBTLE is slight, but pleasant to the senses.
  22. The elements of interest are not obvious on the palate.  Contrast with “big”.
  23. (1) non-physical. (2) In Vedanta and in Wilber's approach, the realm or level of thought and imagination.
  24. Complex and balanced; implies more participating elements than "delicate," but balance is critical. A wine that's "outrageous" or "in-your-face" may be complex, but it isn't likely to be subtle.
  25. Barely perceptible on a very good system. See "audibility."