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Meaning of SUBTLETY

Pronunciation:  'sutltee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the quality of being difficult to detect or analyze; "you had to admire the subtlety of the distinctions he drew"
  2. [n]  a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude; "without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor"; "don't argue about shades of meaning"

SUBTLETY is a 8 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: niceness, nicety, nuance, refinement, shade
 See Also: difficultness, difficulty, import, meaning, significance, signification



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Sub"tle*ty\, n.; pl. {Subtleties}. [OE. sotelte,
sutilte, OF. sotillete, L. subtilitas. See {Subtle}, and cf.
1. The quality or state of being subtle, or sly; cunning;
   craftiness; artfulness.

         The fox which lives by subtlety.      --Shak.

2. Nice discernment with delicacy of mental action; nicety of

3. Something that is sly, crafty, or delusive.

         Unlearned in the world's false subtleties. --Shak.