Sly in design; artful; cunning; insinuating; subtile; -- applied to persons; as, a subtle foe.
Cunningly devised; crafty; treacherous; as, a subtle stratagem.
Characterized by refinement and niceness in drawing distinctions; nicely discriminating; -- said of persons; as, a subtle logician; refined; tenuous; sinuous; insinuating; hence, penetrative or pervasive; -- said of the mind; its faculties, or its operations; as, a subtle intellect; a subtle imagination; a subtle process of thought; also, difficult of apprehension; elusive.
If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack. Winston Churchill
None of us got to where we are alone. Whether the assistance we received was obvious or subtle, acknowledging someone's help is a big part of understanding the importance of saying thank you. Harvey Mackay
It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. Robert Louis Stevenson
subtle in Dutch is spitsvondig, subtiel, fijn
subtle in Finnish is hienon hieno
subtle in French is perspicace, subtil
subtle in German is fein, feinsinnig
subtle in Italian is astuto, perspicace
subtle in Spanish is perspicaz, sutil, ma ero
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