V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. only slightly noticeable and difficult to grasp or analyze; 2. capable of making fine judgments and distinctions; 3. cleverly hidden
Synonyms: quiet, delicate, faint, inconspicuous, slight, suggestive, indirect, understated, discriminating, keen, sophisticated, crafty, cunning, sly
Antonyms: loud, conspicuous, flamboyant, obvious
Tips: Subtle is derived from the Latin subtilis, which means "fine, delicate." Subtle describes things that are delicate and hardly noticeable. The related noun subtlety means "the quality of being almost undetectable." "No room for subtlety" is a common phrase in Modern English. It means that the situation calls for straight-forwardness.
He was wearing a subtle hint of cologne. (slight, faint, delicate)
If you look hard enough, you can see a subtle difference in the twins. (faint, slight)
There is no room for subtlety when talking to Mike because he cannot take a hint. (suggestion, indirectness) noun
After he received the promotion, he underwent a subtle change and seemed more sure of himself. (understated, inconspicuous, slight)
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