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subtle
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  • It was the final affront, more subtle and more enervating than the offer to teach chemistry to children.
  • Martin detested the reek of formaldehyde; that and some dreadful subtle other odor seemed to cling about him outside the dissecting-room; but he smoked cigarettes to forget it, and in a week he was exploring arteries with youthful and altogether unholy joy.

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  • He fascinated Joyce by telling her that she was subtle, then telling her what she was being subtle about.
  • He fascinated Joyce by telling her that she was subtle, then telling her what she was being subtle about.

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as in: a subtle poison Define
working in an indirect or hidden way
as in: a subtle shade of blue Define
understated so as not to draw attention to itself
as in: a subtle difference or thinker Define
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions) or: capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)
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