un·​sub·​tle | \ ˌən-ˈsə-tᵊl How to pronounce unsubtle (audio) \
unsubtler; unsubtlest

Definition of unsubtle

: not indirect or difficult to perceive : not subtle an unsubtle hint/reminder Historical records suggest that subtle variations in the sun's energy output can have decidedly unsubtle effects on the earth's climate …— M. Mitchell Waldrop

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Other Words from unsubtle

unsubtly \ ˌən-​ˈsət-​lē , -​ˈsə-​tᵊl-​(l)ē How to pronounce unsubtle (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unsubtle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His life was filled with these kinds of unsubtle injustices. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, "DMX Only Wanted to Fly," 12 Apr. 2021 The real bad guy is Federal Bureau of Narcotics leader Harry J. Anslinger (a mustache-twirling Garrett Hedlund), who is a virulent racist and cartoonishly unsubtle about it. Mark Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, "Movie review: Andra Day excels in overstuffed ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’," 26 Feb. 2021 The mystery is what makes this most unsubtle of elites so electable. Samuel Earle, The New Republic, "The Sordid Story of the Most Successful Political Party in the World," 23 Feb. 2021 The musical devices allow grief, and plenty of other emotions, to play out in bold, unsubtle ways. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: 'Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist' sings and dances back into our hearts for Season 2," 6 Jan. 2021 This is an unsubtle way of asserting that traditional, for-profit firms benefit their owners but don’t necessarily produce social value. Howard Husock, Washington Examiner, "Big Pharma and traditional capitalism to the rescue," 10 Dec. 2020 And yet, Bach this week sketched a scenario of a halcyon and healthy Games, sending an unsubtle but important message to corporate sponsors to plan on being in Tokyo in July. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, "Despite Uncertainty, Tokyo Olympics Promoted as Light at End of Pandemic Tunnel," 19 Nov. 2020 There are repeating patterns, questions that get posed again and again, themes that become clearer and more unsubtle the more often they are rehearsed. Laurie Penny, Wired, "The Timelines of Our Lives," 18 Nov. 2020 Harris and Cuomo’s unsubtle insinuation is that the president would knowingly and deliberately flout scientific expertise to endanger the public in pursuit of a nefarious political gain. Ellen Carmichael, National Review, "Vaccine Scare Tactics Are a Threat to Public Health," 30 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of unsubtle

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unsubtle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsubtle. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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