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 (sŭt′l-īz′, sŭb′tə-līz′)
v. sub·til·ized, sub·til·iz·ing, sub·til·iz·es
To render subtle: "I need to tell stories. I find new friends, new listeners, subtilize my lies" (Helen Yglesias).
To argue or discuss with subtlety; make fine distinctions.

sub′til·i·za′tion (-ĭ-zā′shən) n.
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bringing new subtilization, vision and beauty to the elements of experience.
subtilization, improvement" (Karl Kroeber, Retelling/Rereading: The
In each case, the Symbol is a generating principle which entails a selection of different subtilizations and ramifications.