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ˈsʌt lsub·tle

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Wiktionary

  1. subtleadjective

    Hard to grasp; not obvious or easily understood; barely noticeable.

    The difference is subtle, but you can hear it if you listen carefully.

    Antonyms:
    simple

  2. subtleadjective

    Cunning, skillful.

    Synonyms:
    cunning, crafty, skillful

  3. subtleadjective

    insidious

    Synonyms:
    insidious

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. subtle

    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.

    Synonyms:
    acute, astute, clear-sighted, crafty, cunning, discerning, discriminating, keen, knowing, penetrating, penetrative, perspicacious, sagacious, sharp, shrewd, subtile

    Antonyms:
    blind, dull, idiotic, imbecile, shallow, short-sighted, stolid, stupid, undiscerning, unintelligent

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. subtle

    Synonyms:
    sly, artful, cunning, insinuating, wily, astute, nice, discriminating, crafty, fine, shrewd, sophistical, jesuitical

    Antonyms:
    open, frank, honest, artless, undiscriminating, rough, blunt, undiscerning, unsophisticated, simple

Princeton's WordNet

  1. elusive, subtleadjective

    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"

    Synonyms:
    pernicious, baffling, problematic, knotty, tough, insidious, elusive, problematical

    Antonyms:
    tangible, unperceptive, harmless, palpable, unperceiving

  2. subtleadjective

    able to make fine distinctions

    "a subtle mind"

    Synonyms:
    insidious, elusive, pernicious

    Antonyms:
    tangible, harmless, palpable, unperceptive, unperceiving

  3. insidious, pernicious, subtleadjective

    working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way

    "glaucoma is an insidious disease"; "a subtle poison"

    Synonyms:
    pestilent, elusive, baneful, pernicious, insidious, deadly

    Antonyms:
    unperceiving, tangible, unperceptive, harmless, palpable

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. subtleadjective

    Synonyms:
    crafty, cunning, artful, sly, wily, arch, astute, designing, intriguing, insinuating, crooked, tricky, diplomatic, machiavelian

  2. subtleadjective

    Synonyms:
    acute, keen, shrewd, sagacious, deep, profound

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. subtleadjective

    Synonyms:
    artful, cunning, sly, designing, crafty, refined, discriminating

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "subtle":

    delicate, sophisticated, discreet, nuanced, cunning, perceptive

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How to use subtle in a sentence?

  1. Prof.Salam Al Shereida:

    On all occasions there are better solutions waiting for us to be found if we do subtle analysis with sharp- witted minds.

  2. Lalaina Ravelomanana:

    This caviar - it is very subtle in the mouth, buttery, i started using the caviar a year ago. I've already invented 60 recipes and I'm not stopping.

  3. Mayada Elsabbagh:

    The idea is that in autism, very subtle, atypical behaviors of the infant may cause them to be less sensitive and attentive to those social signals from their mothers, in turn, mothers are not able to maintain synchrony in the interaction.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    As the parents, we need to teach our daughters to distinguish carefully the subtle differences between the actions by men. We must teach our daughters to recognize the difference between - a man who flatters her and a man who complements her, a man who spends money on her an a man who invests in her, a man who views her as his property and a man who views her properly, a man who lusts after her and a man who loves her, a man who thinks he is a gift to women and a man who believes she is a gift to him. Then we ought to teach our sons to be that real man who respects women and treats them with dignity and equality.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    There is a very subtle, diffused and fine line of demarkation that separates the two worlds of a Reader and a Writer. In my view, the Reader crosses that fine line and becomes the Writer, either when she/he does not find the right material of quality to read, or when they realize that their vivid and deep experiences will enrich and uplift the lterature from status quo. It's always good to share express yourself, and share your experiences and thoughts as the Writer, no matter how trivial those may be in the eyes of others. It's a wonderful way to return something precious to the society, retain the valuable information, and salvage the most valuable in this most uncertain world.

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