Examples of subtlety in a Sentence
The pianist performed with subtlety and passion.
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
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The subtlety of the craftsmanship, the assurance of tone and the thematic incisiveness are remarkable, astonishingly so for a first work.
Unfortunately, every single one of these actors is crushed under the weight of their roles, which have all the subtlety of concrete.
The subtleties of the beauty that Ishimara sees is not evident simply in the way the pant is put together, the same way a constitution isn’t legible on a flag.
This tends to discredit the compromises and subtleties of liberal democracy, and to boost the politicians who feed off conspiracy and nativism.
Von D is not known for subtlety — her best creations are bold, loud, and straight up game-changing.
My friends and coworkers had to pay attention to the subtleties.
There are so many subtleties there, most notably his patience and instincts in setting up blocks.
Morata & Bakayoko still possess the necessary power to combat the Premier League, there's just more subtlety, grace (and possibly intelligence) to their games.
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Origin and Etymology of subtlety
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsartfulness, artifice, caginess (also cageyness), canniness, craft, craftiness, cunningness, deviousness, foxiness, guile, guilefulness, slickness, slyness, sneakiness, subtleness, cunning, wiliness
Related Wordscalculation, care, design; savvy, sharpness, shrewdness; cleverness, ingeniousness, ingenuity, inventiveness; ease, facility, finesse; deceitfulness, duplicity, shiftiness, underhandedness
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