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 same subtlety applies to the public’s views on how best to use genome editing in humans, a new survey of adults in the United States shows.
Tsubaki Echo Park, $$ Izakaya food is meant for drinking, but there’s a subtlety to some of Tsubaki’s dishes—chawanmushi egg custard with Dungeness crab, raw Tasmanian ocean trout with salmon roe—that might be lost after the first few pours.
The latest injectable treatments are easy to get (if not cheap), long lasting, and designed for subtlety.
The drive relied on the Cruze self-reporting its mileage, there are likely much better ways to measure how much fuel was consumed, and no one from C/D’s crack tech staff was on hand to add some subtlety and elegance to the exercise.
Never veering to the extremes, color blocking was handled with subtlety — bright red with gray, black with white or dark red and burnt orange.
The outcome of the Miami meeting should be to strengthen this framework rather than narrow it to a simple counternarcotic, counter-terrorism strategy that ignores the subtleties of a region of vital national importance to the United States.
Ignore the appropriations (minor nuisance), wean yourselves off subtlety in efforts to curb her oversharing — and try taking specific interest in her.
Going back to his days at North Dakota State, Wentz's game tape shows a quarterback with an intuitive feel for some of those subtleties.
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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
SUBTLETY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of subtlety for English Language Learners
: the quality or state of being subtle
: a small detail that is usually important but not obvious
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