Synonyms for subtlety

Grammar : Noun
Spell : suht-l-tee
Phonetic Transcription : ˈsʌt l ti

Définition of subtlety

Origin :
  • mid-14c., from Old French soutilte, from Latin subtilitatem (nominative subtilitas), noun of quality from subtilis (see subtle).
  • noun a fine distinction
  • noun delicacy
Example sentences :
  • However, if the man worked with subtlety, the sea likewise worked with subtlety.
  • Extract from : « The Cruise of the Dry Dock » by T. S. Stribling
  • They bestowed upon him every beauty of person and every subtlety of wit.
  • Extract from : « Imogen » by William Godwin
  • If the emperor say, 'You are speaking of Macedonius; I see your subtlety.
  • Extract from : « The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI » by Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
  • Karl had not the subtlety to retort, “Ay, but does it say what we like?”
  • Extract from : « The First Violin » by Jessie Fothergill
  • And this notion of his was not any proof of want of subtlety on his part.
  • Extract from : « A Spirit in Prison » by Robert Hichens
  • One of the characteristics of this great system is its secrecy—its subtlety.
  • Extract from : « Things as They Are » by Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • Such a subtlety would be very much in character with the Zenonian dialectic.
  • Extract from : « Parmenides » by Plato
  • The fact is there is some subtlety in the texture of these things.
  • Extract from : « The Memorabilia » by Xenophon
  • The delicacy and subtlety of these are extreme, but there can be no manner of doubt that they existed.
  • Extract from : « Architecture » by Thomas Roger Smith
  • But his laugh only expressed his gratification at the subtlety of his ideas.
  • Extract from : « The Golden Woman » by Ridgwell Cullum

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