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The Fountainhead
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  • The subtler shades of his shirts and socks matched the gray of his temples.
  • But he spoke, his head high, as an equal among equals, just subtly diffident, so that no great name present could take offense.

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  • There’s a special kind of subtlety in being as blatant as he’s been.
  • It’s such a waste to be subtle and vicious with people who don’t even know that you’re being subtle and vicious.
  • It’s such a waste to be subtle and vicious with people who don’t even know that you’re being subtle and vicious.
  • Miss Dominique Francon as a sort of second Kiki Holcombe, but much better—oh much!—much subtler, much abler, and then, just think, how much more beautiful.
  • It overstressed the glamour of society—and presented society news with a subtle sneer.
  • People said it was his subtle, enormous virility; it made the courteous voice speaking about school, home and family sound as if he were making love to every old hag present.
  • It filled the room, but it made his listeners realize that it could have filled a Roman amphitheater; there was something subtly flattering in this realization, in the sound of the powerful voice being held in check for their benefit.
  • But the trial brought a subtle change; many members pointed out that the article in "One Small Voice" had actually brought about the Stoddard lawsuit; and that a man who could force clients to sue was a man to be treated with caution.

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  • Others were subtler; they merely stalked about and looked at Wynand slyly, almost winking, implying that they were fellow criminals tied together in a dirty deal.
  • He knew he’d be suspected and he’s playing it subtle.

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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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