subtile
adjective (subtiler; subtilest) Etymology: Middle English subtile, sotil subtle Date: 14th century 1. subtle, elusive <
a subtile aroma
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2. a. cunning, crafty b. sagacious, discerningsubtilely adverbsubtileness noun

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  • Subtile — Sub tile, a. [L. subtilis. See {Subtile}.] 1. Thin; not dense or gross; rare; as, subtile air; subtile vapor; a subtile medium. [1913 Webster] 2. Delicately constituted or constructed; nice; fine; delicate; tenuous; finely woven. A sotil… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • SUBTILE — apud Ecclesiae Rom. Scriptores vestis Subdiaconorum est, quae et Strictatunica et Turicella, vide ibi, appellatur. Durandus Ration l. 3. c. 30. Tunica, quae alibi Subtile, in lege vero ποδήρης. Canonicis Regularibus illam tribuit Io. Buschius,… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • subtile — index imponderable, subtle (refined) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • subtile — late 14c., clever, dexterous, from O.Fr. subtil (14c.), from L. subtilis fine, thin, delicate (see SUBTLE (Cf. subtle)). A Latinized refashioning of the French source of subtle …   Etymology dictionary

  • subtile — [sut′ l, sub′til] adj. [ME < MFr subtil, altered (infl. by L) < OFr soutil: see SUBTLE] now rare var. of SUBTLE subtilely adv. subtileness n. subtilty n. pl. subtilities subtility [səb til′ə tē] …   English World dictionary

  • subtile — ● subtil, subtile adjectif (latin subtilis) Qui a une grande finesse d esprit et de l ingéniosité : Un négociateur subtil. Intelligence subtile. Qui manifeste une habileté poussée parfois jusqu à l excès : Recourir à de subtiles arguties. Qui est …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • subtile — subtilely, adv. subtileness, n. /sut l, sub til/, adj., subtiler, subtilest. subtle. [1325 75; ME < L subtilis fine (orig. of fabric), equiv. to sub SUB + tilis, akin to tela cloth on a loom, loom ( < *teksla, deriv. of texere to weave; see… …   Universalium

  • subtile — sub·tile (sutґəl) [L. subtilis] keen and acute …   Medical dictionary

  • subtile — Synonyms and related words: Byzantine, Machiavellian, Machiavellic, acute, adulterated, air built, airy, arch, artful, astute, attenuate, attenuated, cagey, calculating, canny, chimerical, clever, cloud built, crafty, cunning, cut, cute, dainty,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • subtile — Dure …   Le nouveau dictionnaire complet du jargon de l'argot

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