- subtlety (n.)
- c. 1300, sotilte, "skill, ingenuity," from Old French sotilte "skillfulness, cunning" (Modern French subtilité), from Latin subtilitatem (nominative subtilitas) "fineness; simplicity, slenderness," noun of quality from subtilis "fine, thin, delicate" (see subtle). From late 14c. as "cleverness, shrewdness; trickery, guile, craftiness," also "thinness, slenderness, smallness; rarity." The -b- begins to appear late 14c. in English, in imitation of Latin.
- 1. In time you'll appreciate the beauty and subtlety of this language.
- 2. Many of the resulting wines lack the subtlety of the original model.
- 3. They had obviously been hoping to approach the topic with more subtlety.
- 4. She analyses herself with great subtlety.
- 5. African dance is vigorous, but full of subtlety.
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