subtle
adjective (subtler; subtlest) Etymology: Middle English sotil, subtile, from Anglo-French, from Latin subtilis, literally, finely textured, from sub- + tela cloth on a loom; akin to Latin texere to weave — more at technical Date: 14th century 1. a. delicate, elusive <
a subtle fragrance
>
b. difficult to understand or perceive ; obscure <
subtle differences in sound
>
2. a. perceptive, refined <
a writer's sharp and subtle moral sense
>
b. having or marked by keen insight and ability to penetrate deeply and thoroughly <
a subtle scholar
>
3. a. highly skillful ; expert <
a subtle craftsman
>
b. cunningly made or contrived ; ingenious 4. artful, crafty <
a subtle rogue
>
5. operating insidiously <
subtle poisons
>
subtleness nounsubtly adverb

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  • Subtle — Sub tle, a. [Compar. {Subtler}; superl. {Subtlest}.] [OE. sotil, subtil, OF. soutil, later subtil, F. subtil, L. subtilis; probably, originally, woven fine, and fr. sub under + tela a web, fr. texere to weave. See {Text}, and cf. {Subtile}.] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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