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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Flaws worth noting: Le Carré is a wizard at characterization, but sometimes, as with the loathsome young spy named Bunny, his visceral dislike of a character overwhelms subtlety.
What Putin's legs said with subtlety, his mouth said explicitly.
The other 40 remaining scripts, which are also characterized by a deafening subtlety, are stories simply created without a single female character.
Well, subtlety obviously is not his strong suit as Scholes could not hide his obvious delight at this admission as he was caught triumphantly smirking at his old foes misery, which immediately made its way round Twitter like quickfire.
Philip Levine will officially begin his Democratic campaign for Florida governor Wednesday with the lack of subtlety that has characterized him over two terms as mayor of Miami Beach.
At the Tao Group’s restaurants, subtlety is so passé.
The best bits are when the film just hangs back, doesn’t try to get in the way and allows its star let rip, showing off the discipline and subtlety honed from years of stage work that enable Nicholson to imbue tiny twitches and frowns with meaning.
Instead, Anne With an E falters in presenting all of this without an ounce of subtlety, as if its own screenplay had been penned by its feverishly imaginative heroine, who idolizes the gothic and the macabre.
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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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