over·​sub·​tle ˌō-vər-ˈsə-tᵊl How to pronounce oversubtle (audio)
: excessively subtle
oversubtle symbolism
Homer's Iliad was not mere "humanized sun myths," as the oversubtle German scholars were then insisting.Daniel J. Boorstin

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oversubtle was in the 15th century

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“Oversubtle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oversubtle. Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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