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1. subtle

adjective. ['ˈsʌtəl'] difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze.

Synonyms

  • impalpable

Antonyms

  • nontoxic
  • benign

Etymology

  • sotil (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Words that Rhyme with Subtle

  • rebuttal
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How do you pronounce subtle?

Pronounce subtle as ˈsətəl.

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Example sentences of the word subtle


1. Adjective
It is subtle and takes up such a small portion of my kitchen space.

Quotes containing the word subtle


1. Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.
- Agnes Martin

2. The method of political science is the interpretation of life; its instrument is insight, a nice understanding of subtle, unformulated conditions.
- Woodrow Wilson

3. People are much more complicated in real life, but my characters are as subtle and nuanced as I can make them. But if you say my characters are too black and white, you've missed the point. Villains are meant to be black-hearted in popular novels. If you say I have a grey-hearted villain, then I've failed.
- Ken Follett

2. subtle

adjective. ['ˈsʌtəl'] able to make fine distinctions.

Antonyms

  • wholesome

Etymology

  • sotil (Middle English (1100-1500))

3. subtle

adjective. ['ˈsʌtəl'] working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way.

Synonyms

  • pernicious
  • harmful

Antonyms

  • safe
  • unseductive
  • innocuous

Etymology

  • sotil (Middle English (1100-1500))
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