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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 ?
Gifted with the high perception, I lack the low, enjoying power; damned, most subtly and most malignantly
Subtly connecting the arts, they were at once painters and poets, musicians and singers.
It was subtly flattering to know that with the whole school to think about Mr.
The firelight shadows were dancing over the kitchen walls at Green Gables, for the spring evening was chilly; through the open east window drifted in the subtly sweet voices of the night.
Has Clara wandered away out of hearing of the music that she loves--the music that harmonizes so subtly with the tender beauty of the night?
Then, as subtly, and coldly, and remorselessly as a sea-fog stealing landward, fear crept into her heart.
As he said this, Stepan Arkadyevitch smiled subtly.
Then with a teasing "turn about's fair play," he, too, took a frank look, oddly stirred by the sophisticated touches which added so subtly to her natural beauty.
Come Death, so subtly veiled that I Thy coming know not, how or when, Lest it should give me life again To find how sweet it is to die.
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.
In that case he is inviting his doom by awaiting our attack," said Langeron, with a subtly ironical smile, again glancing round for support to Miloradovich who was near him.