oversubtle

adjective
over·sub·tle | \ˌō-vər-ˈsə-tᵊl \

Definition of oversubtle 

: excessively subtle oversubtle symbolism Homer's Iliad was not mere "humanized sun myths," as the oversubtle German scholars were then insisting.— Daniel J. Boorstin

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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