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subtlety

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noun sub·tle·ty \ˈsə-təl-tē\

Simple Definition of subtlety

  • : the quality or state of being subtle

  • : a small detail that is usually important but not obvious

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of subtlety

plural subtleties

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being subtle

  2. 2 :  something subtle

Examples of subtlety in a sentence

  1. The pianist performed with subtlety and passion.

  2. <we appreciated the subtlety with which our host indicated that it was time to leave: he volunteered to pack us a little lunch for the road>



Origin of subtlety

Middle English sotilte, subtilte, from Anglo-French sotilté, from Latin subtilitat-, subtilitas, from subtilis


First Known Use: 14th century



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