Subtlety definition

sŭtl-tē
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Something subtle, especially a nicety of thought or a fine distinction.
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Subtlety is defined as having indirect or small distinctions.

An example of subtlety is when a painter uses slightly different colors to create a beautiful, detailed painting.

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(uncountable) The quality or fact of being subtle.

With all his usual subtlety, he quietly fixed the problem before anyone else noticed it.

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(countable) An instance of being subtle, a subtle thing, especially a subtle argument or distinction.

The subtleties of this overture are often overlooked.

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(countable) An ornate medieval illusion dish or table decoration, especially when made from one thing but crafted to look like another.

At the king's coronation feast, several subtleties were served between main courses.

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The quality or condition of being subtle; esp., the ability or tendency to make fine distinctions.
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The quality or state of being subtle.
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Something subtle; esp., a fine distinction.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
subtlety
Plural:
subtleties

Origin of subtlety

  • From Old French sutilté, from Latin subtÄ«litās, from subtÄ«lis (“subtle").

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