Definitions for: Subtlety

[n] the quality of being difficult to detect or analyze; "you had to admire the subtlety of the distinctions he drew"
[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"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Synonyms: niceness, nicety, nuance, refinement, shade

See Also: difficultness, difficulty, import, meaning, significance, signification

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