subtlety


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sub·tle·ty

 (sŭt′l-tē)
n. pl. sub·tle·ties
1. The quality or state of being subtle.
2. Something subtle, especially a nicety of thought or a fine distinction.

subtlety

(ˈsʌtəltɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. the state or quality of being subtle; delicacy
2. a fine distinction or the ability to make such a distinction
3. something subtle

sub•tle•ty

(ˈsʌt l ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state or quality of being subtle.
2. acuteness or penetration of mind; delicacy of discrimination.
3. a fine-drawn distinction; refinement of reasoning.
4. something subtle.
[1300–50; < Old French sutilte < Latin subtīlitās; see subtile, -ity]

Subtlety

 of sergeants—Bk. of St. Albans, 1486. (From the use of the title sergeant for lawyers, hence, lawyers collectively.)
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.subtlety - a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude; "without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor"; "don't argue about shades of meaning"
meaning, signification, import, significance - the message that is intended or expressed or signified; "what is the meaning of this sentence"; "the significance of a red traffic light"; "the signification of Chinese characters"; "the import of his announcement was ambiguous"
2.subtlety - the quality of being difficult to detect or analyze; "you had to admire the subtlety of the distinctions he drew"
difficultness, difficulty - the quality of being difficult; "they agreed about the difficulty of the climb"

subtlety

noun
1. fine point, refinement, nicety, sophistication, delicacy, intricacy, discernment All those linguistic subtleties get lost when a book goes into translation.
2. delicacy, softness, delicateness, subtleness Many of the resulting wines lack the subtlety of the original model.
4. sensitivity, diplomacy, discretion, delicacy, understanding, skill, consideration, judgment, perception, finesse, tact, thoughtfulness, discernment, savoir-faire, adroitness They had obviously been hoping to approach the topic with more subtlety.
Translations
دِقَّه، رِقَّه، ذَكاء، مَهارَه
jemnost
udspekulerethed
òaî aî vera óljós/hárfínn; kænska
kurnazlık

subtlety

[ˈsʌtltɪ] N
1. (= delicacy, refinement) [of colour, book, humour, person] → sutileza f
his performance lacked subtletysu actuación carecía de matices
he has all the subtlety of a herd of rhinoceroseses más bruto que un arao
the subtleties of Englishlos matices del inglés
2. (= perceptiveness) → perspicacia f, agudeza f
he analyses the situation with great subtletyanaliza la situación con gran perspicacia or agudeza

subtlety

[ˈsʌtəlti] n
(= fine detail) → subtilité f
[work art, film, style] → subtilité f
(= perceptiveness) [person, mind] → subtilité f
(= sensitivity) [approach, manner] → subtilité f
(= delicacy) [flavour, scent, shade] → subtilité f

subtlety

n
(= delicacy)Feinheit f; (of irony, distinction also)Subtilität f (geh); (of perfume, flavour also, hint, allusion)Zartheit f; (of charm)Unaufdringlichkeit f
(= sophistication, of remark, argument, point) → Scharfsinn (→ igkeit f) m, → Spitzfindigkeit f; (of problem)Subtilität f; (of design, construction, proof)Raffiniertheit f; his methods lack subtletyseinen Methoden fehlt (die) Finesse or Subtilität (geh); the subtleties of the noveldie Feinheiten pldes Romans; subtlety is wasted on himfeine Andeutungen nützen bei ihm nichts
(= discriminative powers, of observer, critic) → Aufmerksamkeit f, → Subtilität f (geh)

subtlety

[ˈsʌtltɪ] n (see adj) → sottigliezza, delicatezza

subtle

(ˈsatl) adjective
1. faint or delicate in quality, and therefore difficult to describe or explain. There is a subtle difference between `unnecessary' and `not necessary'; a subtle flavour.
2. clever or cunning. He has a subtle mind.
subtlety (ˈsatlti) noun
ˈsubtly adverb
References in classic literature ?
Look attentively at the duels and the hand-to-hand combats, how superior the Italians are in strength, dexterity, and subtlety.
A curious proof of the subtlety of these Paul Ferroll books in the appeal they made to the imagination is the fact that I came to them fresh from 'Romolo,' and full of horror for myself in Tito; yet I sympathized throughout with Paul Ferroll, and was glad when he got away.
But in a matter like this, subtlety appeals to subtlety, and without imagination no man can follow another into these halls.
It was strength pitted against subtlety, and the match was a merry one.
Whilst saying these words, with perfectly Italian subtlety he snatched the packet from the hands of Colbert, and re-entered his apartments.
His fingers seemed to have acquired a new and exquisite subtlety and even a volition of their own.
Bring them up among honest country folks for freshness, send them to Italy for subtlety, and then--not till then--let them come to London.
The modern clergyman has acquired in his study of the science which I believe is called exegesis an astonishing facility for explaining things away, but the subtlety with which the Rev.
Frau Professor Erlin called her establishment a family and not a pension; but it would have required the subtlety of a metaphysician to find out exactly where the difference lay.
The subtlety of Ikey's action becomes apparent upon recital of his subsequent move.
Spray, the Independent minister, had begun to preach political sermons, in which he distinguished with much subtlety between his fervent belief in the right of the Catholics to the franchise and his fervent belief in their eternal perdition.
All this was accomplished with a subtlety so perfect, that the minister, though he had constantly a dim perception of some evil influence watching over him, could never gain a knowledge of its actual nature.