Origin of subtileMiddle English from Middle French subtil, altered (infl. by L) from Old French soutil: see subtle
An example of subtile used as an adjective is a subtile request, such as where someone mentions their favorite musician just before their birthday, hoping to be gifted their new album.
Origin of subtileMiddle English from Old French subtil from Latin subtīlis fine, delicate ; see subtle .
- sub·til′i·ty sub′tile·ness sub′til·ty
(comparative more subtile, superlative most subtile)
- (obsolete) subtle
- De C. du Fay on the conductivity of some bodies for the electric agency and the dual character of electrification gave rise to the first notions of ., electricity as an imponderable fluid, or non-gravitative subtile matter, of a more refined and penetrating kind than ordinary liquids and gases.
- Translated into terms of ancient criticism, he became the model of the "plain style" (toxvos xapaKriip, Invvrt, Acr17, aq€Arts AEcs genus: tenue or subtile).