Subtilizing
Subtilize Sub"til*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Subtilized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Subtilizing}.] [L. subtiliser.] 1. To make thin or fine; to make less gross or coarse. [1913 Webster]

2. To refine; to spin into niceties; as, to subtilize arguments. [1913 Webster]

Nor as yet have we subtilized ourselves into savages. --Burke. [1913 Webster]


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  • Subtilize — Sub til*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Subtilized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Subtilizing}.] [L. subtiliser.] 1. To make thin or fine; to make less gross or coarse. [1913 Webster] 2. To refine; to spin into niceties; as, to subtilize arguments. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Subtilized — Subtilize Sub til*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Subtilized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Subtilizing}.] [L. subtiliser.] 1. To make thin or fine; to make less gross or coarse. [1913 Webster] 2. To refine; to spin into niceties; as, to subtilize arguments. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • subtilize — subtilization, n. subtilizer, n. /sut l uyz , sub teuh luyz /, v., subtilized, subtilizing. v.t. 1. to elevate in character; sublimate. 2. to make (the mind, senses, etc.) keen or discerning; sharpen. 3. to introduce subtleties into or argue… …   Universalium

  • refining — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. cleansing, purifying, clarifying, improving, cultivating, civilizing, elevating, perfecting, polishing, honing, sharpening, focusing, subtilizing, making purer, making cleaner, making more precise, making more subtle;… …   English dictionary for students

  • subtilize — [sut′ l īz΄, sub′tilīz΄] vt., vi. subtilized, subtilizing [ML subtilizare < L subtilis,SUBTLE] 1. to make or become subtle 2. to discuss or argue with subtle distinctions subtilization n …   English World dictionary

  • subtilization — ˌsəd.ələ̇ˈzāshən, ˌsə(b)təl , ˌsəbtə̇l , əlˌīˈz , ə̇ˌlīˈz noun ( s) : an act or instance or the practice of subtilizing : subtlety …   Useful english dictionary

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