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sub·tle

 (sŭt′l)
adj. sub·tler, sub·tlest
1.
a. So slight as to be difficult to detect or describe; elusive: a subtle smile.
b. Difficult to understand; abstruse: an argument whose subtle point was lost on her opponent.
2. Able to make fine distinctions: a subtle mind.
3. Operating in a hidden, usually injurious way; insidious: a subtle poison.
4. Archaic
a. Characterized by skill or ingenuity; clever.
b. Crafty or sly; devious.

[Middle English sotil, from Old French, from Latin subtīlis; see teks- in Indo-European roots.]

sub′tle·ness n.
sub′tly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.subtly - in a subtle manner; "late nineteenth-century French opera at its most beautiful, subtly romantic with a twilight melancholy"
Translations
بِدِقَّه، بِذكاء، بِمَهارَه
slabounce
elmésen
glögglega; fínlega
slabučko
kurnazca

subtly

[ˈsʌtlɪ] ADV
1. (= delicately) [imply, remind, suggest] → sutilmente, de manera sutil
subtly flavoured dishesplatos ligeramente sazonados
subtly coloured garmentsprendas de colores tenues
subtly erotic imagesimágenes de un sutil erotismo
2. (= slightly) [change] → ligeramente, levemente; [enhance] → sutilmente, de manera sutil
subtly differentligeramente distinto

subtly

[ˈsʌtli] adv
(= slightly) [different] → subtilement; [change, alter] → subtilement
(= cleverly) → subtilement
(= delicately) [flavoured, coloured] → subtilement

subtly

advfein; flavoured alsodelikat; argue, replyscharfsinnig, subtil (geh); analyse, thinkscharfsinnig; (= slightly) changegeringfügig; (= indirectly) implyunterschwellig, indirekt; achieve one’s endsauf raffinierte Weise; subtly differentauf subtile Weise verschieden or unterschiedlich; he subtly suggesteder schlug geschickt vor; it’s just very subtly wronges ist schwer zu fassen, was falsch daran ist

subtly

[ˈsʌtlɪ] adv (see adj) → sottilmente, delicatamente

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 ?
Either it was one of those up-quivering flashes of the spirit, to which minds in an abnormal state are liable, or else the artist had subtly touched some chord that made musical vibration.
Certainly there was some deep meaning in it most worthy of interpretation, and which, as it were, streamed forth from the mystic symbol, subtly communicating itself to my sensibilities, but evading the analysis of my mind.
Gifted with the high perception, I lack the low, enjoying power; damned, most subtly and most malignantly
I hear mass every day; I share my substance with the poor, making no display of good works, lest I let hypocrisy and vainglory, those enemies that subtly take possession of the most watchful heart, find an entrance into mine.
And yet, with his own eyes he had seen his Meriem-- older a little, with figure more rounded by nearer maturity, and subtly changed in other ways; more beautiful than ever, yet still his little Meriem.
The effect on Lucy was not bad, for the faint seemed to merge subtly into the narcotic sleep.
It appears incredible to me that any kind of trick, however subtly conceived and however adroitly done, could have been played upon us under these conditions.
Subtly connecting the arts, they were at once painters and poets, musicians and singers.
Forestall your opponent by seizing what he holds dear, and subtly contrive to time his arrival on the ground.
What I can't understand," I insisted subtly, "is how on earth, with this wind, she has managed to be just where she was when we first made her out.
He turned his big fair face towards me with surprise in his keen glance, which (as though he had seen through me in an instant and found nothing objectionable) changed subtly into friendliness.
She wasn't, however, going to be better-off for it, as HE was - and so astonishingly much: nothing was now likely, he knew, ever to make her better-off than she found herself, in the afternoon of life, as the delicately frugal possessor and tenant of the small house in Irving Place to which she had subtly managed to cling through her almost unbroken New York career.