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 decidely unsubtle effects on the earth's climate …— M. Mitchell Waldrop

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Other Words from unsubtle

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

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Her chief skill is as a midwife, which becomes an increasingly unsubtle metaphor — much of the novel turns on Aino trying to deliver better working conditions for the loggers. Mark Athitakis, chicagotribune.com, "Karl Marlantes pens another spirited epic, this time about immigrants, logging and labor," 11 July 2019 And while Facebook’s ambitions appear unsubtle (at least to me), the biggest tech companies are all building more and more advanced and immersive ecosystems. Molly Wood, WIRED, "Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency Betrays the Company’s True Ambitions," 26 June 2019 Concerned citizens-slash-beauty fans can choose from four lip products that are as distinctly unsubtle as a group of male politicians fist-bumping after depriving women of safe abortions. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Lipslut, Your Fave Philanthropic Lipstick Brand, Is Donating Profits to Protect Abortion Rights," 21 May 2019 Few candidates in the race have gone so far to draw an unsubtle contrast with Mr. Biden as Mr. Buttigieg. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Democratic Candidates Go After Joe Biden, but Not by Name," 6 June 2019 After a month of runway shows proposing trends both subtle and decidedly unsubtle, that picture was a snapshot of two chic potted trees at the base of a spiral staircase in Céline’s Paris headquarters. Rebecca Malinsky And Rory Satran, WSJ, "A Complete Guide to Fall’s Best Women’s Fashion Trends," 9 Mar. 2018 Her genuine thrill was an unsubtle reminder that Fashion Week really should be fun. Emily Farra, Vogue, "I Sent My Identical Twin Sister to Fashion Week—and No One Noticed," 20 Sep. 2018 Swift also help usher in the careers of indie upstarts like Foxygen and Kevin Morby, helping the former turn their unsubtle homages to the Rolling Stones and '60s rock into something dynamic and, eventually, original. Will Schube, Billboard, "Richard Swift, Prolific Songwriter and Producer, Spent Life Searching for Perfect Sounds," 4 July 2018 But away from him, the team's tactics are unsubtle. Gerald Imray, chicagotribune.com, "In-form Croatia face Denmark in a battle of Eastern European hopefuls," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of unsubtle

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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