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Definition of 'subtle'

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This masks the often subtle tactical battles that are taking place behind the bow waves. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Yet through its very simplicity it pulls off something incredibly subtle. Times, Sunday Times (2014)There is a subtle but crucial distinction between separation and isolation. Times, Sunday Times (2006)We can sense minute and subtle changes in the cultural ambience of rooms. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The wild flowers are often too subtle. Times, Sunday Times (2015)What disturbs me more is something subtler but more pernicious. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The distinction is subtle but worth preserving. Times, Sunday Times (2012)This is mainly due to the subtle change in the weather. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The changes to gameplay are often too subtle to notice in less than ten hours. The Sun (2013)What at first seemed simple is gradually transformed into something subtle and eerie and strange. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The history of physics is one of increasingly subtle and refined measurement made by increasingly ingenious and indirect means. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The argument is a subtle one, but worth exploring. Dylan Evans PLACEBO: The Belief Effect (2003)But the creamy formula is kind to skin, with a subtle scent. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Her argument is subtle, and many parts are commendable. Christianity Today (2000)The sheer, subtle shade brings a feminine flush to the face. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Don't forget liner to really define those eyes in either a contrasting or subtle complementary shade. The Sun (2009)Rather, it is all part of a slow and subtle revolution in the mentality of owners and riders. Times, Sunday Times (2008)But the new working class of former rural folk did not make the transition to industrial wage labor easily or without protesting in subtle and indirect ways. Divine, Robert A. (editor) & Breen, T. H & Frederickson, George M & Williams, R. Hal America Past and Present (1995)Subtle and slow, it offers some of the year's best cinematography. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Subtle, indirect and softly spoken, these small stories spread a large chill. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The lavender gives off a subtle scent rather than flavour and, paired with the sharpness of the lemon, is divine. Times, Sunday Times (2015)This skill with subtle argument is one of this Pope's great gifts and has been one of the most enjoyable aspects of the visit. Times, Sunday Times (2010)

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Translations for 'subtle'

British English: subtle /ˈsʌtl/ ADJECTIVE
Something subtle is not immediately obvious or noticeable.
...the slow and subtle changes that take place in all living things.
  • American English: subtle
  • Arabic: دَقِيق
  • Brazilian Portuguese: sutil
  • Chinese: 微妙的
  • Croatian: suptilan
  • Czech: nepatrný
  • Danish: subtil
  • Dutch: subtiel
  • European Spanish: sutil
  • Finnish: hienovarainen
  • French: subtil
  • German: fein
  • Greek: ανεπαίσθητος
  • Italian: sottile
  • Japanese: 微妙な
  • Korean: 미묘한
  • Norwegian: subtil
  • Polish: subtelny
  • European Portuguese: subtil
  • Romanian: subtil
  • Russian: едва различимый
  • Spanish: sutil
  • Swedish: subtil
  • Thai: ซึ่งบอกเป็นนัยๆ
  • Turkish: belli belirsiz
  • Ukrainian: тонкий
  • Vietnamese: tinh vi

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