subtlety

  • 1 Subtlety — Sub tle*ty, n.; pl. {Subtleties}. [OE. sotelte, sutilte, OF. sotillete, L. subtilitas. See {Subtle}, and cf. {Subtility}.] 1. The quality or state of being subtle, or sly; cunning; craftiness; artfulness. [1913 Webster] The fox which lives by… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 subtlety — index discretion (quality of being discreet), evasion, nuance, subterfuge, technicality Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 subtlety — mid 14c., from O.Fr. soutilte, from L. subtilitatem (nom. subtilitas), noun of quality from subtilis (see SUBTLE (Cf. subtle)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 subtlety — [sut′ ltē] n. [ME sutelte < OFr sotillete < L subtilitas] 1. the quality or condition of being subtle; esp., the ability or tendency to make fine distinctions 2. pl. subtleties something subtle; esp., a fine distinction …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 subtlety — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ extreme, great, real VERB + SUBTLETY ▪ have ▪ Her dancing has great subtlety. ▪ display …

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  • 6 subtlety — [[t]sʌ̱t(ə)lti[/t]] subtleties 1) N COUNT: usu pl, usu with supp, oft N of n Subtleties are very small details or differences which are not obvious. His fascination with the subtleties of human behaviour makes him a good storyteller... When a… …

    English dictionary

  • 7 subtlety — noun 1) the subtlety of the flavor Syn: delicacy, delicateness, subtleness; understatedness, mutedness, softness 2) classification is fraught with subtlety Syn: fineness, subtleness, niceness, nicety, nuance …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 8 subtlety — UK [ˈsʌt(ə)ltɪ] / US noun Word forms subtlety : singular subtlety plural subtleties 1) [uncountable] the quality of being complicated, delicate, or difficult to notice, often in a skilful or attractive way There is no subtlety at all about his… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 Subtlety — A subtlety (also sotelty or soteltie ) was an elaborate form of dish common during the late Middle Ages in Europe, particularly in England and France. [Laurioux, Bruno, Les livres de cuisine en Occident à la fin du Moyen Age , Thèse de doctorat:… …

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  • 10 subtlety — sub|tle|ty [ˈsʌtlti] n plural subtleties 1.) [U] the quality that something has when it has been done in a clever or skilful way, with careful attention to small details ▪ The play lacks subtlety. ▪ She argued her case with considerable subtlety …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 subtlety — sub|tle|ty [ sʌtlti ] noun 1. ) uncount the quality of being complicated, delicate, or difficult to notice, often in a skillful or attractive way: There is no subtlety at all about his painting. Hickey s performance was magnificent in its… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 subtlety — noun /ˈsʌtəlti/ a) The quality or fact of being subtle. With all his usual subtlety, he quietly fixed the problem before anyone else noticed it. b) An instance of being subtle, a subtle thing, especially a subtle argument or distinction. The… …

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  • 13 subtlety — noun 1 (U) the quality of being subtle: She argued her case with considerable subtlety. 2 (countable usually plural) a thought, idea, or detail that is important but difficult to notice or understand (+ of): Some of the subtleties of the language …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 subtlety — subtle ► ADJECTIVE (subtler, subtlest) 1) so delicate or precise as to be difficult to analyse or describe. 2) capable of making fine distinctions. 3) delicately complex and understated: subtle lighting. 4) making use of clever and indirect… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 15 subtlety — noun (plural ties) Etymology: Middle English sotilte, subtilte, from Anglo French sotilté, from Latin subtilitat , subtilitas, from subtilis Date: 14th century 1. the quality or state of being subtle 2. something subtle …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 subtlety — /sut l tee/, n., pl. subtleties. 1. the state or quality of being subtle. 2. delicacy or nicety of character or meaning. 3. acuteness or penetration of mind; delicacy of discrimination. 4. a fine drawn distinction; refinement of reasoning: the… …

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  • 17 Subtlety — This word was used of usually sweet cakes and confections, often in the form of table decoration. These were sometimes served between courses. [< Lat. subtilitas = fineness of detail] …

    Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • 18 subtlety — Synonyms and related words: Italian hand, absoluteness, accuracy, acquired taste, acuteness, airiness, airy nothing, animal cunning, apparent soundness, appreciation, appreciation of differences, appreciation of excellence, appreciativeness, art …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 subtlety — (Roget s IV) n. 1. [A fine distinction] Syn. nuance, innuendo; see distinction 1 . 2. [Delicacy] Syn. intricacy, exquisiteness, elegance; see delicacy 1 …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 subtlety — sub·tle·ty || sÊŒbtltɪ n. quality of being subtle, elusiveness …

    English contemporary dictionary