difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
"his whole attitude had undergone a subtle change"; "a subtle difference"; "that elusive thing the soul"
able to make fine distinctions
"a subtle mind"
insidious, pernicious, subtle(adj)
working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way
"glaucoma is an insidious disease"; "a subtle poison"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Acute, from the Latin, suggests the sharpness of the needle's point; keen, from the Saxon, the sharpness of the cutting edge. Astute, from the Latin, with the original sense of cunning has come to have a meaning that combines the sense of acute or keen with that of sagacious. The astute mind adds to acuteness and keenness an element of cunning or finesse. The astute debater leads his opponents into a snare by getting them to make admissions, or urge arguments, of which he sees a result that they do not perceive. The acute, keen intellect may take no special advantage of these qualities; the astute mind has always a point to make for itself, and seldom fails to make it. A knowing look, air, etc., in general indicates practical knowledge with a touch of shrewdness, and perhaps of cunning; in regard to some special matter, it indicates the possession of reserved knowledge which the person could impart if he chose. Knowing has often a slightly invidious sense. We speak of a knowing rascal, meaning cunning or shrewd within a narrow range, but of a knowing horse or dog, in the sense of sagacious, implying that he knows more than could be expected of such an animal. A knowing child has more knowledge than would be looked for at his years, perhaps more than is quite desirable, while to speak of a child as intelligent is altogether complimentary.
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Our obsession for success, recognition and supremacy in all circumstances without ever aware of the gravity of the situation and the subtle intricacies that impact the fabric of the society as a whole has made us more inhuman than humanly possible, as a result we have become more artificial, with not even an iota of LIFE throbbing within Us. Humanity as a whole has come to this juncture, wherein if we don't dare to accept and act on our vulnerabilities, our shortcomings in totality and to embrace failures in same breath as success as an integral part of life, then I fear we are creating a world of zombies!
Population-based studies have demonstrated the potential for subtle IQ deficits at [blood lead] levels as low as five micrograms perdeciliter.
Siren's touchstones always reference what I discern works in real life, give women the chance to send subtle cues of interest, men to show off a little of who they are, friends to recommend good men and people to make each other smile.
As Mr. Chatman approaches the corner, he makes a slight turn, a subtle turn to the right with his upper body. I see in his right hand a dark gray or black object.
It wasn't such a subtle message of what I should do with my life.
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- subtilCatalan, Valencian
- ausgetüftelt, dezent, schlau, haarfein, raffiniert, feinsinnig, fast unmerklich, spitzfindig, scharfsinnigGerman
- ovela, salakavala, hienovarainen, hienoinenFinnish
- subtil, délicatFrench
- caolchúiseach, glicIrish
- טמיר, עדין, עמום, מעודן, חמקמק, עלום, דק, מרומזHebrew
- sottile, inafferrabileItalian
- 捕らえ難い, 巧妙Japanese
- хитрый, коварный, неуловимыйRussian
- zekîce, sinsice, ustaca, zor algılanan, mâhirâne, güç algılanan, kurnazcaTurkish
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