Subtlety meaning

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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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The quality or state of being subtle.
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Something subtle, especially a nicety of thought or a fine distinction.
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The quality or condition of being subtle; esp., the ability or tendency to make fine distinctions.
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Something subtle; esp., a fine distinction.
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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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Origin of subtlety

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