un·​sub·​tle ˌən-ˈsə-tᵊl How to pronounce unsubtle (audio)
unsubtler; unsubtlest
: 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
-ˈsə-tᵊl-(l)ē How to pronounce unsubtle (audio)

Examples of unsubtle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While many members of pop’s middle class share Roan’s over-the-top aesthetics, few can approximate her powerful, operatic voice, which she’s trained to uncannily recall, at various turns, Lady Gaga, Patsy Cline and Kate Bush, giving her music an unsubtle edge over her compatriots. Shaad D’souza, New York Times, 22 May 2024 But under Rupert Gold’s unsubtle direction, there are no other degrees on this theatrical thermostat. Frank Rizzo, Variety, 23 Apr. 2024 The very real physical heat enveloping Case and Haldane began to climb, in an unsubtle metaphor for the rising pressure from the military to achieve results. Rachel Lance, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Apr. 2024 Last March, Trump held the first rally of his 2024 Presidential campaign in Waco, Texas—a choice with unsubtle significance. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, 4 Mar. 2024 The party expresses its new ideology in simplistic, brassy terms, drawing on unsubtle readings of classics and disallowing critiques. Rana Mitter, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Fans will catch the unsubtle allusion to Spider-Man/Peter Parker’s paternalistic and doomed Uncle Ben. Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2024 Often there was the unsubtle hint that the only way out of Covid restrictions was to elect Trump’s opponent. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 24 Jan. 2024 Those who stepped forward were assigned to a dizzying array of new enforcement bodies, with rather unsubtle names. Rob Copeland, Fortune, 11 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Unsubtle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsubtle. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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