noun (plural subtleties)
- 1The quality or state of being subtle: the textural subtlety of DegasMore example sentences
delicacy, delicateness, subtleness; understatedness, mutedness, softnessastuteness, keenness, acuteness, sharpness, canniness, shrewdness, perceptiveness, discernment, discrimination, percipience, perspicacity, wisdom, cleverness, intelligencecleverness, skillfulness, adroitness, cunning, guile, craftiness, wiliness, artfulness, deviousness
- They have many qualities, but subtlety is not their strong suit.
- At least there was now some quality in the hitting, even if subtlety remained notably absent.
- Let's have a bit of subtlety and sophistication here, qualities that postmodernists are always urging us to adopt.
- 1.1A subtle distinction, feature, or argument: the subtleties of English grammarMore example sentences
- Every time you go back to it, you can pick up different subtleties, nuances of flavour that you perhaps missed earlier.
- It was a mixture of the cheap yellow home-peroxided hair and their utter lack of humour, in all its subtleties and nuances.
- Finns also listen very carefully and easily pick up subtleties and nuances.
Middle English: from Old French soutilte, from Latin subtilitas, from subtilis 'fine, delicate' (see subtle).